Paul Duncan already has three offers extended to him, "Florida, Duke, and Louisville have offered me," said Duncan. "I'm also getting mail from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wake Forest."
Has Notre Dame contacted the big lineman? "Yes, they've recently sent me a couple of letters. I've also just sent them a copy of my highlight tape."
We asked if Duncan is interested in the Irish. "Yes, most definitely. I've dreamed of playing for them since I was a little kid. It's a Catholic school and I'm a Catholic boy, so that's always been in my mind."
While he has interest in Notre Dame, Duncan has been checking out his other options. "I attended the junior days at Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Duke," said Duncan. "I'm also going to the Nike Combine this Saturday."
Does Duncan plan of committing to a school early? "I would like to commit before next season. That way I can just get it off my chest and have it over with, but if I need to, I can wait. It all depends on how a feel about the school."
When asked what was important to him in making a decision, he said "Academics are number one. Football is going to end one day and I'll need something to fall back on. I'd also like to play somewhat close to home. My family is real close and I'd like for them to be able to come watch my games."
Do Duncan's parents have a preference where he goes? "I think that do, but they don't want to say anything. They want me to make the decision."
We asked which schools are his favorites. "Right now it's Duke, Georgia, and Georgia Tech. That would be my top three."
Duncan has a self reported 3.4 g.p.a. and scored just under an 1100 on the SAT as a sophomore.
Comments: It's always an iffy situation when Notre Dame goes after southern players, and it won't be any different with Duncan. The fact that he has a childhood love for the Irish and stresses academics should keep the Irish in the hunt. We should know more after the staff views his tape and the May evaluation period is over. We'll be sure to keep our eye on any developments and let you know.