Recruiting: Paul Duncan Update

Recruiting, of course, is about filling and stocking positions of need with the best, and most capable, studs possible. Of course, landing one of those targets for an official visit is key to eventually landing a pledge. Well, we have some good news on highly regarded out-of-state OT <b>Paul Duncan</b>, who told us last night he's trying to set up an official visit to Austin.

The (just released) Inside Texas ('04) Longhorn depth chart has some Orangebloods wondering, "Where's the quality depth at the offensive tackle position?" The perfect world for Mac McWhorter, after already landing a pledge from super athletic offensive guard prospect Charlie Tanner, would have him collecting a verbal commitment from the nation's top OT (Reggie Youngblood) so the Horns can close up shop at OL. But it's far from a lock that Texas will wind up with the superstar OT from Houston Washington. In fact, Reggie has said that he probably will not give UT an official visit, though he did say that he'll trip to the Forty Acres on an unofficial. That potential lack of an official doesn't bode well for the Horns. But do they have a back-up plan for the spot? How 'bout a 6-6, 285-pound fella named Paul Duncan?

We interviewed Duncan, who recorded roughly 30 pancake blocks last year, for Inside Texas members only a few moths ago and told you then that the East Paulding OT was actually a realistic target for Mack Brown and Co. We also told you then that Notre Dame had the edge, and the Irish still do. That said, the fact the Catholic from Dallas, Georgia, has yet to orally pledge his services to the Fightin' Irish gives more hope to Texas, as well as the other teams in his top five.

"I plan on taking official visits to Notre Dame, Duke, Texas, UCLA and LSU," Duncan said. "I'm actually in the process of calling all of the coaches to figure out what dates would be good for them." first-team All-Southeast OT selection already tripped to South Bend for an unofficial.

"I loved it out there," Duncan said. "Everyone knows everyone there and it just feels like you're stuck in a different time. Like it's some sort of time warp."

The Irish have tasked wide receivers coach Trent Miles with the responsibility of bringing the 4-star prospect to South Bend.

Regarding Duke, the OT who did not allow a single sack last year said assistant head coach/recruiting coordinator/defensive backs coach Glenn Spencer is the primary recruiter for the Devils.

"Duke is also recruiting me the hardest," Duncan said. "I like Duke. The academics are great. And I really think they're going to turn things around there."

Texas has assistant head coach/offensive line coach Mac McWhorter working the lineman from the Peach State.

"I haven't really developed much of a relationship with Coach McWhorter yet," said the lineman who collected only one holding penalty and one false start last fall. "But I think Texas is just a good school. They have great academics and great football program. All around, just a good school."

Duncan could not remember the person assigned to him from UCLA because "they have several coaches on their staff recruiting me."

LSU counters with defensive backs coach Kirby Smart.

"My head coach knows Coach Smart and he has a lot of good things to say about him," Duncan revealed. "What sticks out about them, obviously, is the national championship they just won. I mean, you can get a good education at any school so it's not just football with them. But the national championship they won is really something to look at."

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