Duke Remains Strong For Duncan

Jela Duncan is the feature back for Mallard Creek, one of the top teams in North Carolina. He has numerous scholarship offers and has a clear leader for his services.

Jela Duncan (5'10/200) of Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte N.C. is Scout's 34th ranked running back. Duncan made the transition to running back smoothly, after playing wide receiver during his sophomore year.

Despite missing the first three game of his junior year with an ankle injury, the talented back still managed to run for 1,208 yards and 15 touchdowns. He compiled those impressive numbers on just 95 carries, which led to an average of nearly 13 yards per attempt.

As for recruiting, Duncan has several options, with 14 scholarship offers.

"Duke is still my leader. I just love the coaching staff; they are really down to earth. The academics at Duke are great also," said Duncan.

Several other schools have made an impression on the Mallard Creek senior running back.

"I am also looking at South Carolina, Purdue, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and East Carolina," he said.

Clemson and Virginia Tech are the only schools who have not extended an offer. Each school has impressed Duncan.

"At South Carolina the coaches very energetic, like me. The players are also cool and they are the most recent school to offer me," Duncan stated.

"With Purdue, I am from Indiana. They also have a good engineering school, which is what I want to do after football. I am very comfortable up there."

"Wake Forest is a school where the coaches and players have real tight relationship. My recruiting coach, Coach Galloway and I have developed a really strong relationship. He's a real player's coach."

"I went to Virginia Tech's spring game and really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was crazy. I also had a teammate sign with them last year (Kevin Asante)."

"At East Carolina, Coach Ruffin has the program headed in the right direction. He did a lot of good things at Texas Tech. I also have developed a good relationship with Coach McGuire, the running backs coach."

"I was supposed to camp at Clemson, but could not make it. They have great fans and a great football atmosphere."

The three-star running back has not scheduled any official visits. He will attend the Labor Day weekend contest in his hometown between East Carolina and South Carolina. Duncan will be in Durham the following weekend when Duke takes on Stanford. He expects to take all his official visits and then make his decision at the end of the season.

"I am focused on my senior season now. I want to win a state championship and also run for 2,000 yards," Duncan said.

The Mavericks' star has a rare combination of speed and power. He certainly passes the eye test. The senior running back already looks like he plays on Saturday. Duncan admits he is a downhill runner, but he also has the speed to bounce the play outside. He showed good vision and great instincts, during his first season at running back. He will be a major contributor for the school he chooses.

Duncan has been clocked at 4.38 seconds in the forty yard dash. He bench presses 365 and squats 515.

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