FSU signee AJ Duffy ready to showcase talent at Under Armour Game

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AJ Duffy has a message for FSU fans.

“I’m coming to bring it back to how it was before and I’m ready,” said Duffy, who has signed to play quarterback with the Seminoles.

He has been in Orlando all week in preparation for Sunday’s Under Armour All-American Game, which kicks off at 2 p.m., at Camping World Stadium. Duffy said he loves the expectations he has as FSU’s next quarterback and knows many eyes will be on him during this game.

“I love it, man,” Duffy said. “It’s part of the game. It’s part of being quarterback. ... I’m just happy to be able to go out there and have fun and do my best.”

Duffy is a product of Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif., where he played for his father and head coach Pete Duffy. After COVID-19 knocked out his junior season, he decided to play the final year of his high school career at IMG Academy in Bradenton. The 6-foot-2, 223-pound right-hander played nine games until dislocating the ring finger of his throwing hand.

He’s been impressive in Under Armour practices this week, showing off strength and accuracy on deep balls, his ability to be put some zip on the ball with accuracy on short routes and a nice touch on fade patterns.

He’s a cerebral quarterback who makes the right reads, and the ball comes out of his hand quickly. Duffy is also athletic and very capable of running the ball.

It wasn’t a big surprise that he signed with Florida State on early National Signing Day.

He was comfortable with the relationship Seminoles coach Mike Norvell has had with Duffy’s father, and also with Norvell’s previous quarterbacks and they way they have developed. Players such as Paxton Lynch from Deltona Trinity thrived under Norvell.

“He’s known my dad forever. I’m big on Mike Norvell,” Duffy said. “I, for sure, can see myself as one of the main guys to really help get the program where we need to go and I just can’t wait to be there.”

When Duffy took his official recruiting visit to FSU, he was hosted by Winter Park walk-on quarterback Gino English.

“My official was a lot of fun, just being around all the guys, and getting to see another game live was just a great experience,” said Duffy, who visited Tallahassee for FSU’s opener against Notre Dame.

Duffy said he was relieved to finally put pen to paper and make his commitment official.

“The whole recruiting process was long and hard, but FSU was a good fit for me,” Dufy said. “I didn’t really care how the season went. Obviously I wanted them to win, but I can’t control it unless I’m there, so I was just looking for the future.

“There were a bunch of schools I was looking at, like 5 to 10 that I liked a lot, but it just ended up being Florida State. I like the way the program is trending. ... I’m just ecstatic to get up there and start ... I move in Jan. 3.”

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