4-star OT Jaelyn Duncan discusses his commitment to Maryland

Four-star offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan breaks down why he committed to Maryland.

Maryland received a surprise commitment from four-star offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan late Thursday. Not surprising in the nation's No. 26 offensive tackle committed to the Terps, but with the time frame of it.

Two weeks ago he was talking about making visits to Penn State and Michigan, and perhaps Virginia Tech.

Instead, he ended is recruitment by announcing he will remain close to home, playing with friends and in front of family.

"I picked Maryland because any time I went up there, I didn't feel out of place. I felt like I was home," the 6-foot-6, 295-pound Duncan said. "I was always treated right. It was the place for me. The coaches treat me like family when I'm up there. I'm part of everything. Everybody is always around me, hyped up to see me."


Duncan is finishing up at Owings (Md.) Northern and will transfer to Baltimore St. Frances for his senior season.

It makes the commitment big for Maryland in two ways. First, Duncan is a big-time prospect. Second, St. Frances is one of the top talent-producing programs in the state.

"I kind of knew for a while (about Maryland)," Duncan said. "They were my No. 1 but I was still open in recruiting for a little bit to see if something came across that actually made me change my mind. Nothing really came that made me change my mind."

Duncan will know bring his enthusiasm for the Terps to St. Frances, and it begins with offensive line coach Tyler Bowen.

"He's an amazing guy," Duncan said. "He treats you like family. I am never left out when I am around him. He makes me feel like I'm at home. I think he can teach me a lot of stuff, make me a better person as time goes on."

In addition to the feel Duncan got when he visited Maryland and spoke to the coaches on the phone, he likes the direction of the Terps under coach D.J. Durkin.

"I think of how everybody is so close and tied together," Duncan said. "I think about how nobody feels left out when they are up there."

And, to the delight of Maryland fans, Duncan said he recruitment is over and his lone official visit will be to Maryland.

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