New Maryland 4-star OT commit Jaelyn Duncan can become an elite left tackle

Scout breaks down what Maryland gets in new offensive tackle commit Jaelyn Duncan.

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Profile: Jaelyn Duncan

Position: Offensive Tackle

High School: Owings (Md.) Northern

Height: 6-6

Weight: 295

Recruiting: Duncan committed to Maryland and also had Penn StateMichiganFlorida and Virginia high on his list.

Scouting Report: Duncan, the No. 26 offensive tackle in the 2018 class, will transfer to Baltimore St. Frances in the fall, and that is significant because the school is developing into one of the top programs in the region.

Add to it that Duncan has a very high ceiling and it is a huge pickup for the Terps.

Duncan is raw, which is a perfect starting point because he does not have a ton of bad habits to fix once he gets to College Park. So, what makes him a prospect with an enormous upside?

Let's start with his length and athleticism. Duncan is a legit 6-foot-6, and his arm length makes him an ideal left tackle. He is quick with his hands and even though he needs to increase his strength, he is already forceful with his initial punch. 

Duncan also moves his feet well. They are quick, and while his steps sometimes are sloppy because he is still learning the technique of playing offensive tackle, he is able to move laterally and cover the outside and still be able to block on an interior pass rushing move.

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His kick-step needs to develop, but he is so quick in getting back at the snap and uses his length so well, he is able to mitigate speed rushers on the edge. When he becomes more patient and gets the kick-step down, he will be hard to beat for defensive ends wanting to get up the field.

In run blocking, Duncan's flexibility allows him to sink his hips and explode into the defensive lineman. His lower body strength allows him to remain engaged as a blocker and drive the defender back. He is tough and aggressive on the field.

Duncan's athleticism allows him to easily get to the second level in run blocking, and will allow him to pull. He is also good at getting out on a screen pass and blocking down the field.

Final Analysis: Duncan is a fantastic prospect. His physical talent and attributes are NFL-worthy, but he must work hard to develop his skill set. He will need red-shirt time at Maryland and will not arrive ready to play. However, by his red-shirt sophomore season he should be ready to be a starting left tackle.


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