Over the last couple weeks, Cleveland Central Catholic High School's Malik Duncan has begun to catch the attention of college coaches. This past week, he received a surprise visit at his school from WVU assistant Ron Crook. And even though the opportunity didn't present itself for a face-to-face meeting, Duncan wasted little time getting in touch with him.
"I was in class, but they didn't call me down to let me know he was there," Duncan said. "My coach, though, came and gave me the information that he left and I called him immediately. I just wanted to say thank you for coming and visiting me even though we didn't get to meet. It was an honor for him to come down."
The main purposes for the visit, according to Duncan, was to extend an offer for him to attend the Mountaineers camp this summer in search of an offer. Even with his schedule uncertain, a stop at WVU has definitely made its way onto the list.
"He left me some information about the camp," he said. "He asked me if I had any plans this summer because he wanted me to come visit their camp. I told him I'd be making that camp for sure. I'd love to come to West Virginia's camp. We have been talking for about a month on Facebook. He told me he liked my highlight tape and he'd be coming to my school but I didn't know when."
Being in relative close proximity to WVU, Duncan has heard plenty about the Mountaineers. He's been able to watch games on television and has came away with positive vibes about the program.
"I really like it, Duncan said. "I would love to visit one day so I'll have the opportunity to see the campus. I know just from watching them on TV the coaches and players seem to have a nice bond. I like the atmosphere and the crowd. The crowd looks just unreal and I'd just like to visit one day."
Duncan, (5-10, 175 lbs.), believes he brings numerous attributes to a team. From leadership to his physical play on the field, he feels he can contribute in several different ways.
"I'm an aggressive, upbeat player," Duncan said. "I play a leadership role. I try and help my team and not bring them down. I want to always pick them up. I'm an all-around type of player. Whatever a team needs me to do I will."
At the current moment, Duncan doesn't hold any offers. But as he prepares to showcase his talents this summer at various camps, that's sure to change. He's been told by many coaches they'd like to see him live in person before making a final decision. And as the summer approaches, Duncan is beginning to set his dates and destinations.
"I don't have any offer but a lot of schools are showing interest," he said. "Most schools are telling me they like my tape and want to see me live at camp."
"I know I want to visit West Virginia this summer," he continued. "I'm thinking about Pittsburgh, Penn St, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Kent St, Akron and Cincinnati -- those are all possible places I may camp."