Duncan Unclear on Future Plans

Dallas, Ga. offensive lineman Paul Duncan was all set to take his official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. The firing of Irish head coach Tyrone Willingham has changed those plans. What are Duncan's future plans? Where do the Irish stand with Duncan?

Offensive tackle prospect Paul Duncan said he was shocked when he heard the news that Tyrone Willingham had been fired.

"I was pretty shocked," said Duncan. "I didn't see that coming at all. It was kind of disappointing because I really felt like I knew their coaches."

Duncan was set to make his final official visit this weekend and a decision was likely coming shortly after his visit. That plans has changed according to Duncan.

"The visit is canceled," said Duncan. "I didn't talk to them but my dad did. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens.

We asked Duncan how he would view this change of coaching staff.

"I really liked their old staff, but I'll just look at this as a fresh start," said Duncan. "My team had a bad season, and a new coach came in and it changed everything for our team and we started winning. I'll just look at it as a fresh start for Notre Dame."

We asked Duncan if he planned to wait and see who Notre Dame named as their coach before making his final decision.

"My plan is to wait," he said. "I'm still very interested in Notre Dame. I'll wait until I can talk to the new coaches there. I'd still like to visit there. I don't think I'll decide until I talk to them. I suppose that depends on how long it takes."

Comments: Duncan seems to be willing to wait and see who is named as head coach for the Irish. I know he told me earlier he'd like to have his decision made before Christmas, but he seems eager to see what happens at Notre Dame before deciding.

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