The Top Remaining Target in 2012?

Duke is down to the final few spots in the class of 2012 on the recruiting trail. There are several prospects vying for those final spots, but there is little doubt as to which player sits on top of the board. On Monday afternoon, Charlotte area running back Jela Duncan spoke to TDD.

"Right now I have offers from Duke, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, East Carolina, and some smaller schools," said Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek standout Jela Duncan. "I also just got back from a Showcase in South Carolina and I think Coach Spurrier was really impressed. I think they are going to come in with an offer soon."

Considered a three star prospect and the nation's No. 36 running back by, Duncan spent his junior season terrorizing opponents in and around the Queen City. Despite sitting out the first three games of 2010 with an ankle injury, the powerful back managed to rush for 1,208 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 95 carries….a 12.7 yards per carry average.

So what's Duncan's philosophy on what makes him so successful?

"Honestly I'm a down-hill runner. One cut and go. If you are in my way I'll hit you and try to run over you, or I can go past you if there's an opening. Off the field I'm always working hard on getting better and I want everyone I'm around to have that same belief. If you want to be the best you have to always be working."

This summer Duncan has spent a good amount of time in the weight room while also working on some minor tweaks to his overall game.

"I need to get better with my footwork and I need to get stronger in pass protection."

With so many offers there is no doubt that Duncan is a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. However, one school has certainly begun to distance itself from the rest of the pack.

"Duke is my number one at this point. I really love Coach Cutcliffe and all the coaches. I know he's a guy who is going to win a lot of games. You look at his history and you can see he is a winner. I mean he got the Mannings to where they are…one day I'd hope he'd get me there when the time comes."

There are times when such strong words can lead to a commitment soon after. However, that's not the road Duncan sees himself traveling at this point in the process.

"I'm not going to be committing or making a decision anytime soon. I may narrow my list down soon, but I'm not going to do more than that."

Without a commitment on the horizon, and with a declared firm leader, is there a way for the Blue Devils to fall off the top of the totem poll?

"It'd take a lot, but if someone can show me a better opportunity or a better coaching staff I'd have to listen. But right now with all I've seen, Duke is my number one and my leader."

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