Duncan Returns From Irish Visit

Dallas, Ga. offensive lineman Paul Duncan recently took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame to watch the Irish victory over Washington last Saturday. The 6-6, 288-pound offensive tackle prospect spoke with Irish Eyes about his recent visit on Monday. What did Duncan think of the visit? What did he and Irish coach Tyrone Willingham talk about? Who else made the trip with Duncan? We spoke with Duncan to find these answers and more on Monday.

Offensive tackle prospect Paul Duncan said he enjoyed his recent unofficial visit to Notre Dame.

"It went good," said Duncan of the visit. "It's was pretty exciting. We got there around 2 PM on Friday and went to the pep rally and the game. I had a lot of fun."

The Dallas, Ga. native said he really enjoyed the game experience at Notre Dame.

"It was pretty exciting," he said. "What I liked most was even though they were winning big, the crowd was still in the game."

Like many other unofficial visitors, the big offensive lineman got thrown up on the crowd after an Irish score.

"I did get thrown up there," he said. "That was a new experience. I've never had that done before. That was great."

Duncan said he had a big group of people traveling with him to South Bend.

"My whole family came with me," he said. "My parents, my three sisters and my grandmother all came with me. They all really liked it. My sisters loved it. My parents liked it as well, but they don't want to try to influence my decision so they haven't said a lot about it, but you could tell they liked it."

We also asked Duncan how he felt he fit in with the team and on the campus.

"I felt like I fit in there really well," Duncan said. "It's the same type of guys as me. They have similar goals. It's the friendliest campus I've been on. Everyone was very nice."

Irish head coach Tyrone Willingham also made an impression on Duncan.

"He's a great guy," Duncan said of Willingham. "We talked about the game, what Notre Dame is about, what they stand for, and what they can offer me."

Did Duncan think about committing to the Irish while he was there?

"You do get caught up in the atmosphere there," he admitted. "It's a great atmosphere. I did think about it, but I didn't feel like I was ready to commit yet."

Duncan says he plans to set his official visits to his top five very soon and is in the process of setting some of them up already.

"I have my visit to Notre Dame scheduled for December 4th," said Duncan. "I've been talking to LSU and Duke about setting up visits in November but we haven't set any dates yet. I'm waiting to hear back on that.

"I'd also like to visit UCLA and Oklahoma. I've spoken to Oklahoma and they've offered so I'll try to set up a visit there. I'm not sure what UCLA's interest in me is right now."

Comments: Duncan seemed very impressed with the Notre Dame atmoshere. We think it's a great sign that the entire family traveled to South Bend for his official visit. We also think Duncan is still looking strongly at other schools at this point. The Irish appear to be the clear leader right now, however.

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