COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Maryland staff didn’t hand out many offers following the Friday Night “Freak Show” June 17, but rising junior Jaelyn Duncan (Northern/Owings, Md.) certainly proved worthy. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive tackle showed nimble feet and plenty of athleticism with offensive line coach Dave Borbely and head coach D.J. Durkin looking on, and the latter extended the verbal following Duncan’s performance. It was the 2018 recruit’s very first offer.
“I did real good, and Coach [Durkin] told me he liked my speed and how I could move too,” Duncan said. “Then when I was on my way to sign up for the Big Man camp [June 18 at UMD], Coach Durkin told me he wanted to offer me.
“I was pretty excited when he told me. I didn’t know what to do or say at the time, but later on I was pretty happy. That’s the offer I was looking for.”
Duncan had a chance to interact with Borbely too. The Northern lineman lauded the coach’s technical approach and said he learned a good deal June 17 and also June 18.
“Coach Borbely told me he liked my steps, my speed, things like that,” Duncan said. “He’s a good coach and I like his style. It helped me understand things more, and I learned more than at some other camps I’ve been to.”
While on campus June 17, Duncan, who visited Maryland once before back in March, also had a chance to see the video of the new indoor facilities, as well as view the progress of New Cole.
“It’s going to be real nice facilities; I’m excited about those,” Duncan said. “And I saw the video they put up on the scoreboard, and it was a cool video. I like the campus there and what they’re doing there.”
Duncan has taken to the staff as well. He previously said they treated he and his father well, and offered up more positive comments this time around.
“I like the coaching staff and I like what they’re teaching and saying,” Duncan said. “Also, I like the idea of staying home. I like to be around family and for my parents to see me play. I told Coach Durkin I wanted to stay home [for college].”
Now that the offer’s in tow, Duncan has a clear frontrunner. When asked if there were any other scholarships he was seeking, the big lineman responded, “No, Maryland was the offer I wanted. You could say they’re my top school.”
So, does that mean a commitment could be coming soon?
“Maybe,” said Duncan, who has also been to Temple and will be camping at Penn State and Towson coming up. “I’m not sure yet, but I like Maryland.”