With many local programs on spring break, recruits have been trekking through College Park, Md., for a look at the Terps’ morning practices. While the UMD staff has hosted several elite 2017 targets, a few emerging sophomores have come out of the woodwork as well, headlined by Northern (Owings, Md.) offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan.
This Southern Maryland left tackle is already 6-feet-6, 295-pounds, and promptly opened eyes after entering the facility March 22.
“That was my first time at Maryland, and it was a good visit, a good practice,” said Duncan, who doesn’t hold any offers but is receiving interest from numerous regional programs. “I really liked the individual work the players were putting in, and how the coaches were getting after it. I was watching the offensive line and Coach [Dave] Borbely, and he’s very energetic. He gets into it and is very intense. I liked that.”
Duncan had a chance to speak to Borbely personally following the 2.5-hour session. The Northern product did not have an opportunity to meet head coach D.J. Durkin, but would like to return to College Park in the future to get to know the rest of the staff.
“I talked to Coach Borbely for like five minutes after the practice. He came over and shook my hand and asked me how I liked it,” Duncan said. “I told him it was a good practice and I enjoyed it. Then he just said he was glad I came and was looking forward to seeing me back there.”
Following the morning workout, Duncan and the other recruits had a chance to tour Gossett Team House and view a video of the impending $150 million facility upgrades. The sophomore tackle said the latter, in particular, grabbed his attention.
“I thought the facilities were great and I liked the weight room and how that was set up,” Duncan said. “Then the new facilities they’re building, I really liked those. Those are going to be very, very nice.”
Duncan isn’t sure whether or not a UMD offer will be presented in the near future, but it’s likely one will materialize later during camp season. The Southern Maryland prospect is planning to attend the Terps’ June 16 one-day.
“I would definitely look at Maryland if they offered me,” said Duncan, who is receiving interest from UNC, Penn State, Temple and UMD. “I want to stay home for college. I don’t want to go too far away.”
The only other campus Duncan’s been on thus far is Temple’s. He has no visits planned for the rest of the spring, although he and his teammates are supposed to be at West Virginia’s camp this summer.
Duncan’s main focus, however, is on workouts and continuing to improve his game. He didn’t play his freshman year at Northern but started every game last year at left tackle.
“I think I’ve done pretty well so far. A lot of coaches like that way I move and my size,” Duncan said. “I still have a lot to work on, but I’m pretty happy with my game.”
The prospect’s coach, Darren DeMeiro, can attest to that. Per the Northern headman, Duncan is going to be “special” these next couple years.
“Not only does Jaelyn have the size, but he can really move,” DeMeiro said. “He’s athletic, he has great feet and he can put [defenders] on the ground. If you look at his highlight film, there’s like 15 plays of him just putting guys down (laughs).”