Position: Running Back
Ht/Wt: 5-foot-10, 185 pounds
Projected 2012 Status: Possibly in rotation
Early Evaluation: "Jela was the top running back on our board from the time we began ranking the class of 2012. From the first time we turned on the tape and saw him in action we wanted to coach him. When you add in that he was out of Charlotte and we recruit from home first, we considered him a must get guy." - Zac Roper
The Expectations: "Jela is a guy we think can develop into an All-Conference back. He's an extremely talented kid who can run the ball between the tackles or catch it out of the backfield, which is important in our offense. It's never easy for a freshman to come in and play a lot early on, but we expect him to come in with that mindset. He needs to come in and show what he can do. We have a history of guys playing early if they are the best options. Desmond Scott played as a true freshman, so did Juwan Thompson, and Josh Snead. If Jela comes in and shows us that he can create big plays and get tough yards when we need them, he will play." - Zac Roper
The Transition's Biggest Challenge: "Everyone he's playing with and against is bigger and faster. That's the first thing he'll need to get used to. The second is that young running backs really need to put in the time to understand the blocking schemes and how to best protect the passer." - Zac Roper
Off The Field: "Jela is a kid who is just great to be around. He's a very personable young man who is always smiling, and who loves the game of football. He's a great student who is always working hard in the classroom, which is what makes him the kind of recruit you really love to get…he's a big time student athlete." - Zac Roper
Recruiting Recap: Duncan fooled the recruiting world by tweeting he was down to Wake Forest and East Carolina before pulling a Duke hat from his bag during a Signing Day Press Conference at Mallard Creek High School.
"I wanted to throw a curve to everyone," said Duncan of the decision. "But in the end my relationship with Coach Cutcliffe was the deciding factor."
"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."
Senior Season: As a senior, Duncan rushed for 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns on 208 carries (10.6-yard average) and was named the I-Meck Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year. He followed that up by rushing for 112 yards and a touchdown on seven carries in the Shrine Bowl.