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Villanova football pursuing Georgia DB Julian McDuffie in 2017 recruiting class

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The Wildcats are reaching into a relative hotbed of recruiting in the Peach State.

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Snellville, Georgia defensive back Julian McDuffie reported that he received an offer from Villanova this week on Twitter. The 5'11" and 162-pound high school senior could line up in a couple of spots for the Wildcats' 3-3-5 defensive scheme.

The state of Georgia is a growing hotbed for football recruiting, and despite being smaller overall than Florida, California and Texas, it has been punching above its weight-class. With a nice little Villanova alumni community in the Atlanta area already, it's no surprise that the 'Cats have taken a look at the Atlanta suburbs for future gridiron talent.

McDuffie is a talented athlete with 4.58 speed on the 40-yard dash and strong instincts on the turf. He has been a top tackler for Shiloh High School who has also competed for the track and field team.

Villanova is competing with the University at Buffalo (MAC), Georgia State (SunBelt), Colorado State (MWC), South Carolina State (MEAC), and Ball State (MAC) for his services. The Wildcats will surely be making a strong pitch to McDuffie to draw his interest away from some of the farther flung schools -- in Villanova's scheme, he would surely get an opportunity to see the field early on.

His brother, Jeremy, also plays cornerback for the Duke Blue Devils.