Fedora Reaches Out to Duncan

SPARTANBURG, S.C. --- After receiving limited attention from the previous regime, Jela Duncan received a surprise phone call on Saturday from Larry Fedora, North Carolina's newly hired head coach.

"He asked me what was the deal with my recruiting right now," Duncan said. "I said it's pretty much wide open.

"I'm still scheduled for [official] trips to Duke, ECU, and Wake Forest. [UNC] could be my possible last one."

Duncan, a 5-foot-10, 199-pound tailback from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, has taken one official visit thus far – Purdue in September. He'll take the rest of his official visits in January – Wake Forest the weekend of the 7th, East Carolina the weekend of the 14th, and Duke the weekend of the 21st.

"North Carolina would probably be the last weekend [of January]," Duncan said.

Heading into the home stretch of his recruitment, Duncan doesn't claim a favorite school.

Although his conversation was merely five minutes long, Duncan was flattered that he was one of the first recruits Fedora called as head coach of UNC.

"He seems like he's going to turn UNC around," Duncan said. "He seems like he'll do good things at UNC."

Fedora plans to install his one-back spread offense at UNC, which is similar to the offense Mallard Creek runs. As a senior, Duncan rushed for 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns on 208 carries (10.6-average) and was named the I-Meck Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year.

"I could probably fit in [the offense] real well since we run it in high school," Duncan said. "I'll be a good fit."

Duncan's focus this week is representing the state of North Carolina in the 75th Annual Shrine Bowl, where he'll be part of a talented backfield that also includes Todd Gurley, and Dee Littlejohn.

"I expect big things from our rushing attack," Duncan said. "There will be plenty of reps to go around and we all should be able to stay fresh."

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