Grayson Loftis, a 3-star QB from Greer, South Carolina, was kind enough to join Cory Lemer of Mike Farrell Sports to discuss his recruitment and commitment to Duke. During the interview, Loftis discussed why he chose Duke, how the recruitment process went and how it felt to become a ranked QB prospect in the class of 2023.
The 5A State Champion from Gaffney High School is ranked as the 6th best player in South Carolina and 31st ranked QB according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. He is also the 627th-ranked player nationally. So far, he has received seven offers throughout his high school career. Schools like Georgia, Kentucky, Duke, and West Virginia pushed for the touted prospect, suggesting that Loftis may be under-ranked as a prospect.
Carson's film breakdown
Grayson Loftis displays good decision-making tendencies, progresses through reads well, and delivers the ball with solid accuracy. He has a good arm and can provide accurate throws to multiple levels downfield. While he isn't really considered a dual-threat QB, he displays great pocket awareness and is able to avoid pressure using his feet. Loftis can make throws on the move, though accuracy does dip off a bit. Throwing mechanics will have to improve to become a surefire contributor, but the upside is absolutely there. Many of the throws Loftis makes in high school are to receivers with multiple yards of separation from defenders. Playing in college, throwing windows become much smaller when facing a better caliber of athletes of defense.
Standing at 6'4, 195-pounds, Loftis will have to add some strength and mass before competing for a starting role. With Coach Elko having coached multiple NFL QBs as an assistant, it will be interesting to see how he plans to develop his first ever QB recruit he's brought in as a head coach. In summary, I like Loftis as a prospect. With the right coaching staff and good player development, I believe that Loftis has the opportunity to develop into a high-impact starter at Duke.
2023 3-Star Grayson Loftis Talks Commitment with Cory Lemer
Grayson Loftis is the next big QB out of South Carolina. The Greer prospect grew up a Clemson fan and fell in love with college football by watching the Tigers run down the hill before every home game. Grayson started playing football for the Blue Ridge Youth Association when he was six. Since then, he has aspired to play at the next level.
Grayson started his Junior season unranked but shot up boards soon after his commitment to Duke. The new staff did not waste time closing on Loftis. Grayson announced his commitment to Duke a day after receiving the offer. It was early in his recruitment, and many believed that Duke would not be his final destination after he committed. In part, this is because Loftis has family ties to Clemson. Both his aunt and uncle graduated from Clemson. Despite some early speculation, Grayson has officially shut down his recruitment. When asked how solid his commitment was, Loftis provided strong reassurance.
"I'm bleeding blue!"
When asked why he committed to Duke, Loftis answered with a question.
The future Duke signal-caller seems to have bought into the Elko era, believing Duke will compete for the ACC title in just a few years. Loftis has taken many visits to Durham since committing. The team atmosphere struck Loftis.
“It truly felt like home."
Grayson believes the player that describes himself is Joe Burrow. When asked why he felt Burrow and himself were similar, Loftis cited swagger being a point of similarity between the two. The swagger Burrow has Grayson believes he has in himself. Grayson has promising potential and has an opportunity to realize it at Duke. With this, he can compete amongst the best at the next level and should be well known in the College Football world very soon.
When recruiting Loftis, the Duke staff sold Loftis on becoming part of the difference. This simple yet effective message helped Duke land two top-1000 rated prospects in Paul Davis and Grayson Loftis. Coach Elko has ample experience in multiple assistant coaching positions and has excelled everywhere he has coached including Texas A&M and Wake in recent years.
The decision did not seem difficult for Loftis, who felt that Duke recruited his whole family and had successfully turned the Clemson fans into Duke fans. Grayson noted that Duke is bringing in their most impressive class in over 25 years, which he believes is all thanks to their new head coach. He has been very vocal in recruiting for the Blue Devils and has hinted at more players joining their 2023 class.
Grayson was satisfied with his recruiting process and is excited for his next chapter at Duke. Loftis also hopes his senior season brings his team another state championship. Additionally, he hopes to have the opportunity to move higher up in the player rankings.