"The visit went real well," said C.J. Duncan. "I couldn't have asked for a better time. The coaches all showed me a lot of love. It was great to see the facilities and the campus which are all top-notch. I got to familiarize myself more with Vanderbilt as a school.
"The players were great. I hung out with Wesley Tate, Jordan Matthews, and Kellen Williams the majority of the visit. I definitely felt like I fit in well there. Those guys remind me a lot of myself and people who I would normally be hanging out with. They all wanted me on board as a teammate to help keep going in the right direction. It's good to be around people who expect to win and have a passion for winning."
At Saint James School in Alabama's capital city, Duncan played quarterback and a little in the secondary. The Vanderbilt coaches aren't sure exactly where they want to play Duncan but may be fighting over him when he gets to campus.
"They're looking at me on offense at wide receiver and playing some wildcat," he said. "Also they want me on special teams. Defensive, however, isn't out of the question. Coach Shoop and his guys said they'd like to have me on defense. I think I'll start out on offense and see how it goes. It doesn't matter to me. I loved the whole coaching staff. I got a great vibe from them. Vanderbilt's definitely headed in the right direction with those guys there."
Soon after the interview concluded with VandyMania.com, Duncan sent us a text saying, "I've committed to Coach Franklin". He had planned to announce later in the week between Vanderbilt and Southern Miss, but decided he could wait no longer to join the class.
"At Vanderbilt I'll have a good opportunity to earn a position on the field early," Duncan explained. "It's where I feel like I'll be the most comfortable for the next four to five years of my life. My parents loved the coaches as much as I did. They're big on the education as Vanderbilt is known for having prestigious academics. I think going there will give me the best shot at being successful not just on the field but in the classroom as well.
"I also loved the city of Nashville. I think it's one of the top cities in America. When you're at the heart of campus, you're only three minutes from downtown but you could never tell. You get the best of both worlds, a great city and a college atmosphere."
Duncan is a three-sport athlete at St.James- football, basketball, and baseball. He was named All-Metro as a senior in football for the second straight season after the passed 1000 yards and rushed for more than 850 yards for the Trojans.