Devils Get A Visit From Duncan

One of the most important recruits remaining on the big board for the Blue Devils hails from head coach <!--Default NodeId For Ted Roof is 934067,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:934067]>Ted Roof</A>'s old stomping grounds in <!--Default For Georgia is to ignore-->Georgia. After some recruiting success in the Peach state last season, Roof and company hope to hit a home run with this four star lineman. To do that they'll need to beat out four major players.

"I've got over 30 offers, but my top five are Notre Dame, Duke, LSU, Oklahoma, and UCLA," says 6-foot-7, 290 pound East Paulding (GA) standout Paul Duncan. "I've set up visits to all five, but at this point Notre Dame is the early leader."

So when will the big guy be making his rounds?

"I first go to Oklahoma on October 23rd, then UCLA on November 6th, LSU on the 13th, Duke on the 20th, and Notre Dame on December 4th."

"I think I've got all the information about each of the five I can get for the most part. Basically these trips will be a chance for me to meet the players and coaches and just get to know them and the schools."

And what is appealing to the four star prospect about each of his five finalists?

"With Notre Dame you've got all the tradition; Duke is one of the top academic institutions in the country; LSU won a national championship last year; Oklahoma is basically the same as LSU – they are just a really strong program; and UCLA is a good program and a good school."

To the outsider it would seem that the Blue Devils standout quite a bit on Duncan's list, especially when you consider the company they are keeping. However, Duncan says the new coaching staff in Durham has put in their time and continue to make favorable impressions on him.

"Duke was the first team to offer me, and they've stuck with me. I've got confidence that the new coaching staff is going to get things turned around and make the changes they need to make there."

And what are those changes as far as Duncan is concerned?

"They say they need to really bring in some high caliber players, and I could be a cornerstone in the turnaround. If I commit then it could start the dominoes falling, since more highly rated players wouldn't worry about committing to Duke as much. That's flattering, and it would be really nice to be able to say that I was there and played a part in their turnaround."

While Duncan certainly knows what his final five are looking for in a player, the question remains what is he looking for in a school?

"I want to major in engineering right now, so I'd like to go to a school that can offer that. It may change too, so a school that can prepare me incase I don't make the NFL is very important as well. "

"Also, I don't really care too much about going to a big school. I mean I come from a relatively small place now, and it's a nice environment that I'm comfortable with. I like the kind of closeness we have here."

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