2012 Intro: Jela Duncan

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior Jela Duncan, a 5-foot-9, 177-pound running back from Mallard Creek High School.

Scouting Report

"He can do it all," Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri said. "He runs inside, runs outside, [and] catches the ball."

Prep Career

After leading Mallard Creek in receiving as a sophomore, Duncan was moved to running back for his junior season. Despite missing the first three games of the season with a minor ankle sprain, he rushed for 1,208 yards and 15 touchdowns on 95 carries (12.7-yard average) last season.

"The offensive line was getting it done and everything was going well," Duncan said.

Palmieri plans on keeping Duncan at running back, his most natural position, for his senior season.

"I'm asked to pass block, catch the ball out of the backfield, get the tough yards, and just run down hill," Duncan said.


Duncan is receiving interest from Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Marshall, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest.

Most of those schools have asked Duncan to attend their summer camps. Although he plans to attend several, Duncan is unsure of any definite destinations.

The only school Duncan has visited is Clemson for its junior day.

The lack of recruiting trips has contributed to Duncan's lack of favorite schools.

"I'm really looking for a good college atmosphere," Duncan said. "I want a family environment."

Extra Notes

Duncan is originally from Georgia and thus has been a Bulldog fan since his childhood… Duncan's cousin, Kenny Mullen, signed with Indiana in February… Besides football, Duncan is a member of Mallard Creek's track and field team, running in the 100- and 200-meter dashes and 4x100 relay. His personal best time in the 100 is 10.7 seconds.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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