After building a relationship with Charlton Warren and then Larry Porter, Kameron Duncan strived to make North Carolina one of his first recruiting visits after the football season. That was achieved for the Tar Heels’ most recent junior day.
“I love it up there,” Duncan said. “I just loved everything – academic wise, the sports, [and] the weight room. Just everything that they have to offer, I love it.”
Consequently, Duncan not only lists UNC as his leader, but the 5-foot-9, 191-pound running back from Ocala (Fla.) West Port is working towards a verbal commitment.
“They’re No. 1 in my mind right now,” Duncan said. “… Right now, they want to get all my surgery records up there. And once I get all my surgery records up there and then everything will go from there. They know where I stand – that I want to come there. Hopefully after I get my surgery records up there I can go ahead and commit. So right now, they’re No. 1.
“Obviously I like the success they’ve had in sports. But also the education. When I went up there, I learned a lot about their education. I just got introduced to sports psychology. Once I found out that they offer that at UNC, I fell in love with it because it has everything that I need.”
During West Port’s 2015 opener, Duncan suffered a small labrum tear. However, the injury wasn’t discovered until after the season.
“I felt it three or four times during the season,” Duncan said. “But, after we started doing after season workouts that’s when I actually felt it all the time and went and got it checked out.”
After an MRI revealed the tear, Duncan had surgery. He’s on track to be fully healed by June, just in time for West Port’s summer practice.
While his situation with UNC works itself out, Duncan will continue taking visits. He’s scheduled to attend a Florida spring practice, and also has been asked by South Florida and West Virginia to visit.
Duncan attended UNC’s Feb. 20 junior day. While most attendees arrived that Saturday morning, Duncan, who was sporting a sling by virtue of his recent surgery, reached campus the day before. The early arrival allowed Duncan to receive a personalized visit.
While in town, Duncan had a lengthy meeting with Porter, who coaches UNC’s running backs.
“He basically told me that I was No. 1 on their board,” Duncan said. “He said that I was a great fit for North Carolina. He asked me about things that I need to improve. And then he told me that he could help me improve them.”
As a junior, Duncan carried the ball 141 for 1,130 yards and 10 touchdowns. West Port’s quarterback situation limited him to just one 25-yard reception on the season.
“The fact that [UNC] broke a lot of records, shows a lot,” Duncan said. “Everyone worked hard for what they did. The offense is just great and I think I’ll fit in well.”
Porter wasn’t the only coach that Duncan meet with. In fact, he spoke with every member of the staff, including a sit down with Larry Fedora, whose focus was Duncan’s health.
“He told me that he knows where I stand with them,” Duncan said. “He told me to not rush my recovery and to stay focused and do what I have to do.”
Duncan’s stay concluded with UNC’s basketball win over Miami.
“The atmosphere was great,” Duncan said. “When it came to cheering, everyone was in sync. And the game was very live.”