Louisville's Joey Duckworth verbals to Ohio

Todd Porter
Updated: Monday, May 6, 2013
Louisville's Joey Duckworth, who has verbally committed to Ohio University, makes a throw during a Wee 2 game during the 2012 season. REPOSITORY FILE PHOTO<br /><div id="dfp-300x250" style="float:right;"><script type="text/javascript">googletag.display("dfp-300x250");</script></div>
Louisville's Joey Duckworth, who has verbally committed to Ohio University, makes a throw during a Wee 2 game during the 2012 season. REPOSITORY FILE PHOTO


LOUISVILLE  More than a half dozen college football programs made scholarship offers to Joey Duckworth despite an injury-shortened junior season. The Louisville High School junior has the right arm and the size to maybe land more during his senior season.

But Duckworth found a fit in the Mid-American Conference and made his decision over the weekend.

Duckworth verbally committed to Ohio University on Saturday, according to scout.com’s Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene. Bobcats head coach Frank Solich, speaking at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club late last month, indicated he would be recruiting Stark County heavily this year.

Landing a big fish in Duckworth, who goes 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, might have been what Solich was referring to during that visit.

Duckworth has a strong arm, and displayed his running ability at times before his knee injury.

In six games last fall, he was 105-for-178 passing for 1,161 yards with nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. He rushed for 320 yards and two TDs, averaging 5.5 yards on his 58 carries. He had a long run of 81 yards.

Duckworth also had offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Kent State, Toledo and Western Michigan.