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Newport Harbor High senior long snapper Colin Duffy will be a preferred walk-on football player at Duke University, said Sailors Coach Jeff Brinkley on Thursday.

Duffy, considered one of the top high school long snappers in California, helped Newport Harbor (8-6, 3-2 in Sunset League) reach the CIF Southern Section Southwest Division championship game. The section finals appearance was the Sailors' first in eight years and eighth overall in Brinkley's 28 years at the school.

Duffy, a 6-foot, 205-pounder, said he has a 4.6 grade-point average and he is expected to be a Newport Harbor valedictorian.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza