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South Boston News / December 03, 2020

Halifax County High School’s Andrew “Drew” Duffey received some exciting news last week when he was selected to attend a VTO Sports event.

VTO Sports is a leader in providing Combines and Camps for aspiring high school student-athletes playing football. Duffey will be attending the organizations’ All-American Challenge in Bradenton, Fla., Jan. 9-10.

Duffey, a sophomore, said he was caught off guard by the invitation. Not because he didn’t think he was qualified but because of the limited number of players invited from across the country.

“I think it was like 250 people invited,” Duffey said. “I was very surprised; very excited but also very humbled for being chosen.”

VTO conducts multiple combines and camps throughout the U.S., during the year. The organization said for someone to be invited to this particular camp is quite an accomplishment.

“The VTO Sports All American Challenge is a unique and highly selective platform that our ‘Top Performers’ from VTO Sports Combines, VTO Sports Trench Corps Academy & VTO Sports Elite 100 Series earn an invitation,” VTO said.

Duffey said while he hadn’t attended a VTO camp prior to his selection, he has attended some high-profile combines at Duke, N.C. State and Elon University, among others.

Duffey believes someone saw him at one of the previously named camps and recommended he attend the Challenge. At 6’2” and 240 pounds, combined with decent movement, Duffey feels he will be up to the task of performing well.

The VTO bills the event as the only national exposure camp that offers athletes education in both football and life skills from well-respected position coaches in the industry. ESPN, and 24/7 Sports will be the national sports media on site promoting the student-athletes.

Elite skills sessions, national linemen challenge, combine testing, fastest man award, strongest man, QB challenge, position drills, one-on-ones, kicking challenge and a national 7v7 tournament will be featured at the experience. Parents and players will also receive information regarding how to navigate the college recruiting process.

Duffey says going in he has some strengths he wants to put on display and also hopes to improve in a couple areas of his game.

“My work ethic and knowledge of the game,” Duffey said of his strengths. “I play football like a game of chess.”

He went on to explain that lifting and working out are great but notes the ability to “think and comprehend” are a valuable part of his skill sets.

Duffey has been playing football for the past five years. He enjoys the fact the HCHS jayvee football team went undefeated last year at 10-0.

He feels that he had a decent freshman season and is looking forward to moving up to varsity full time this year. “I played three games with the varsity last year,” he said.

If given the opportunity to move up this season, he will grab the chance and hopefully earn a spot on the squad, he said.

“I do believe I can be a great asset to the varsity,” Duffey stated. “Yes, I feel like I have the ability to do so. If Coach Senseney gives me the go ahead, I’ll be ready.”

Duffey’s parents are Ronnie and Connie Duffey; he has a younger sibling Ashley. The family lives in the Town of Halifax.

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