Thursday is a big day for Ashley Ridge (S.C.) quarterback Steven Duncan. Not only do the pads go on for spring practice, but it is his first audition for a Rutgers offer since his spring visit to campus.
The rising senior 6-foot-5 quarterback is set to throw in front of Rutgers during spring evaluation.
“Everything is going really well,” Duncan said. “I’ve talked to Rutgers probably four or five times since I’ve been back. Hand-written letters have been coming in from them – a lot of them. They’ve been just continuously showing me lots of love. They’re a big school that’s shown me incredible amounts of love. Continuously, they’ve been on me.”
Offensive coordinator Ben McDaniels is the lead recruiter for Duncan. McDaniels stepped into a play-calling role three months ago as Ralph Friedgen’s replacement.
“My favorite part about coach McDaniels is the hunger he has along with everyone else at Rutgers,” Duncan said. “He’s out to prove something. He’s out to prove that Rutgers is one of the top programs in the nation. That really caught my eye. He believes that Rutgers can compete with anybody. As a quarterback, having a confident coach like that at your position is meaningful.”
“Everything’s going well for me, and now it’s about coaches and offensive coordinators are wanting to evaluate me personally,” Duncan said. “A lot of schools are coming in. It’s going to be a big spring. Every school I’ve talked to is going to be coming in.”
Duncan has multiple FCS offers and the smarts to make it at the next level – he recently added a Cornell offer. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder wants to show everyone else that he is a threat in a pro-style scheme.
“I’m really just trying to prove what my game is about and how I fit in an offense,” Duncan said. “Most importantly, I can make the throws all across the field. I can read the defense. I can fit a football in any window that’s necessary. I want to show Rutgers and everybody that I can evade the rush and get out of the pocket when necessary and play with my feet as well as my arm.”