Did The Official Visit Sway Duncan?

He's been the top target on the Duke recruiting board for several months now. Considered to be the prize of the class of 2012. This weekend the Blue Devils had their chance to make a closing pitch to Charlotte, NC running back Jela Duncan. So was the message received?

"The [Duke visit] went well and I had a good time on the trip," said Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek standout Jela Duncan. "I've always been pretty comfortable with Coach Cutcliffe."

But comfortable hadn't closed the deal to this point. After publicly declaring the Blue Devils as his leader over the summer, the three star running back moved Duke back into the pack of schools working to land his signature. Since that time speculation has been that North Carolina moved to the inside track after the Tar Heels offered.

Now, however, it's another Carolina that the Blue Devils need to watch out for.

"I really do like what the coaches at East Carolina have been saying and I like how comfortable I feel with them. I liked their weight room, the town, and just the whole situation. It felt like home, so I've got a lot to think about."

Duncan visited the Pirates last weekend officially.

While he mulls over the Pirates and Blue Devils, Duncan says he's keeping an open mind as he makes another official visit this weekend to Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons, like Duke, have remained a steady suitor throughout the process.

"It's going to be my last visit and once I get home I think I'll have enough to [make a decision]. It'll be between East Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, and Virginia. I have a really good relationship with [Wake Forest assistant] Coach [Lonnie] Galloway"

With Duke apparently playing catch-up and hoping the message of the past few days will resonate once the three star back has time to reflect, we asked Duncan what he took away from the weekend.

"Coach Cutcliffe said he believed I could come in and really be the piece that finally gets them to turn things around and helps them make the post season. He told me I was the guy they believed in. That's always something you like to hear from a head coach."


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