Agile Lineman Attracting College Offers

This tall and athletic four-sport competitor is expected to have his pick from a large group of colleges when it is time to sign scholarship papers.

Dallas, Ga.--Offensive tackles who are six-foot-six and 288 pounds don't normally run through NFL style shuttle drills with a lot of smoothness and grace, but big Paul Duncan is an exception to that rule.

Expected to become a four-year starter this fall for East Paulding High School, Duncan is the type of player who should help the local economy by attracting a steady stream of college coaches to the Dallas area to check out the big tackle on Friday nights.

"Since my freshman year I have started on the varsity and all three years I have been playing both ways," Duncan says. "I started out at tight end and I moved to tackle. On defense, I have played every position on the line."

Also a standout on the basketball court for his high school, the honor student is concentrating on having his best season on the football field. His footwork is already impressive, but he isn't satisfied.

"Yes sir, footwork is one of my strengths," he notes. "It is something I keep working on. At the school we have summer workouts and we are really stepping up the agility and weight training this year and so everybody on our team will be improved."

Paul Duncan stretches out before running combine drills in Atlanta on Saturday.

His three other sports are also ones that require good footwork--basketball, tennis and soccer. At last weekend's MSL combine in Atlanta, Duncan bench pressed 185 pounds 21 times and was measured at 26 inches on the vertical jump.

Auburn and other colleges have been checking out the big lineman, who is expected to get a basket full of scholarship offers before he signs scholarship papers in February. Florida, Duke and Louisville are the first three colleges to offer scholarships. He has the Blue Devils at the top of his early list along with in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech while out of state he is also interested in Notre Dame, Alabama as well as Auburn.

Auburn is recruiting me," says Daniel, who is interested in majoring in civil engineering or structural engineering in college. "I have been there a couple of times."

In addition to working out with his high school teammates, he plans to attend several one-day camps for college prospects at the campuses of some of the schools he is considering. However, he hasn't decided which camps he will attend.


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