SoccerWire is publishing Q&A articles with recently-committed players who have Featured Profiles in the SoccerWire Recruiting Directory. The series allows players to share their stories on the college recruiting process, travel and high school soccer, and their passion for the beautiful game.

In this edition we will showcase Peyton Duffing, who has committed to playing NCAA Division I soccer in 2025 at Western Michigan University. Duffing plays travel soccer in the ECNL for SLSG Navy.

SoccerWire: What made you decide to commit to Western Michigan?
Peyton Duffing: I decided to commit to Western Michigan because I was looking for a competitive program that will push me to grow at a higher level. I loved the campus and I felt so welcomed by the coaching staff and players and it made me feel like it was home.

SW: What was the recruiting process like and what did you learn about yourself while going through it?
PD: The recruiting process definitely had its ups and downs along the way, not knowing what could happen next. It was an amazing and stressful experience. I learned that I have a lot to offer, and I have things to work on. I gained more confidence in myself.

SW: What are your favorite subjects in school and what do you think you would like to study in college?
PD: My favorite subject in school is science. I am looking to either major in exercise science, sports photography, or sports media.

SW: Growing up, who was your favorite soccer player?
PD: Growing up my favorite soccer player was Becky Sauerbrunn because she was from St. Louis and she’s a center back. She is a tough player and she is very inspiring with all her accomplishments.

SW: Outside of soccer what clubs, organizations, and/or jobs are you involved in?
PD: Outside of soccer I play basketball, I ref soccer, I am in yearbook and I am in NHS.

SW: What are your favorite pair of cleats that you have ever owned?
PD: Nike cleats have always been my favorite.

SW: What has your experience been like playing for SLSG Navy?
PD: Playing for SLSG Navy, I am always being put into a competitive environment, and I am always being challenged. I have been put out of my comfort zone and I have grown so much. It has been a learning and growing experience because I have had to learn a new formation and tactical strategies.

SW: If you could give one piece of advice to a younger player that wants to play defender what would it be?
PD: One piece of advice that I would give to a younger player would be to always work harder than the people around you. Do something that makes you stand out on the field whether that is making runs up the field, winning balls out of the air, slide tackling, blocking shots, etc. One more thing I would say is to communicate with your teammates and have that organization on the field.

SW: Is there anyone that you would like to give a shoutout to who has helped you both on and off the field?
PD: I would like to give a shoutout to my parents and coaches. They have helped shape me as a player and person. I would not be where I am today without their support.