OFFER WATCH '16: QB Steven Duncan

Duke coach David Cutcliffe has had success with both pocket passers and running quarterbacks during his time in Durham and prior. At 6’5 and 225 pounds this Palmetto state signal caller is more of a traditional QB, and has fielded Duke interest.

“Right now I have interest from Purdue, Rutgers, Northwestern, FSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, NC State, ECU, Virginia, Duke, UCLA, UNC Charlotte, and Kentucky,” said Summerville (S.C.) Ashley Ridge High standout Steven Duncan. “And several other PAC-12 schools have been involved”

“I do have several FCS offers, and my high school coach says three or four other coaches have indicated they are close to making an offer as well. I’m really not focused on recruiting right now as much as on my team’s season.”

At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds Duncan has prototypical size as a pocket passer and has put together a number of impressive performances this year after transferring to Ashley Ridge. For the year he’s completed 138 of 213 passes for 1,907 yards and 20 touchdowns. In addition he’s run for 209 yards.

“I feel that I’ve improved my accuracy and patience when it comes to allowing plays to develop. I’ve also gotten better on reading defenses. A season ago I was hesitant to run, but this year I’ve improved enough to be able to use my running game when I need it.”

“I feel that my biggest strength is my arm strength and quick delivery and release of the football. I also have very good mechanics, vision, and footwork. I know I need to continue working on my patience and reading the field. I also need to continue to improve my speed. Right now my forty time varies between 4.92 and 4.9. I want to get it down to a consistent 4.85 or so.”

Early on in his recruitment there have been a few visits to various programs including Duke, Wake Forest, Florida State, South Carolina, and Clemson. In the coming weeks he’ll also visit NC State, Florida State, Rutgers, East Carolina, and Purdue.

He visited Duke for the game against Virginia and says he maintains regular contact with the Bleu Devils and his recruiting coach, Coach Rick Petri.

“My main recruiting coach is Coach Petri, and I did get to speak with Coach Montgomery at camp and I really liked his attitude, how enthusiastic he is and his energy. The main pitch I get right now is how I can come play for a coach that has coached several good QB and two future Hall of Fame QB's. I have been compared to Peyton Manning due to the way I throw and with the velocity I throw with.”

Duncan continued with his impressions of Petri and the Duke recruiting pitch…

“I really like how Coach Petri recruits and he has really made me look at Duke Football in a different way. I have only gotten to speak with Coach Montgomery a few times and as I have said from the time I spent with him I really like his energy and how he coaches I think I would really enjoy and fit right into his system. I have visited several times, and will visit again, and would like to see spring practice.”

With recruiting moving forward, Duncan says he knows who he’s going to lean on for advice and what he’s looking for.

“My dad is who I will lean on for the process, and I know that I will be looking at the school’s academics and how I fit into the system as the two big factors. We have already sat down and really focused on academics first. Then we have looked at the coaching staff, then location is important but with todays conferences with TV rights location isn't as important as it once was. I would like to play in one of the big five conferences, but I also will be looking at academics the most because at the end of the day Academics is what most important to me.”

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