One look at 2016 Ashley Ridge High quarterback prospect Steven Duncan and you see why so many schools are already prioritizing the 6'5 225 pound signal caller. That sized paired with some gaudy numbers during his first two seasons at Porter-Gaud School opened the flood gates. With a couple of offers already in hand high majors were still on the fence to see if it was Duncan's talent or playing on the SCISA level that saw him pile up big numbers. Not wanting to chance missing any potential offers Duncan and his family made the decision to transfer to Ashley Ridge after his sophomore year and it appears he's still en route to another big season playing on the AAAA level now. We caught up with Duncan as he's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!
"Yes sir. I threw for 3,680 yards and 33 touchdowns last season at Porter-Gaud. I also ran for like 250-300 yards," Duncan told us.
He's already off to a strong start as we mentioned early in his junior season at Ashley Ridge. He caught us up to date with his stats and his team's current record.
"Right now I think I'm just shy of 1,000 passing yards and 9 touchdown passes. I've also got 75 rushing yards. We're 4-1 right now."
His fresh start at Ashley Ridge has been a positive for all parties and the 2016 prospect talked at length with us when asked about his best game so far this season.
"I would say my personal best and favorite game so far would be the Wando game because as a offensive unit and team people were still unsure about how effective we were and still underrated us as well. I feel that game was a personal favorite because I felt that my leadership through the week helped some guys believe that we could win and we ended up beating them for the first time in school history. That game I threw for 258 yards and 3 touchdowns."
Turning to the recruiting side of things it has been a hectic schedule for Duncan with so many schools in the mix early on in the process. He told us about the schools he's been hearing from the most recently.
Out of those Duncan says that Florida State, Duke, NC State, Virginia, East Carolina, Rutgers, and Purdue are recruiting him the hardest. The 2016 signal caller has made quite a few unofficial visits and he talked at length about those with us too and also told us what he likes most about each school he's seen so far.
"I just visited Duke last weekend. Florida State over the summer and I'm going to NC State next weekend."
"When I visited Duke it is a beautiful place and the atmosphere is awesome as well plus I love the way coach Montgomery teaches his quarterbacks and the amount that they throw the ball. I also appreciate the amount of interest they showed in me last week too."
"I visited Florida State over the summer they as well showed me more interest than any other quarterback that was at the camp. They took me aside and gave me a personal tour around campus and all of the buildings. I also love the weather and the atmosphere of Florida State and how football is life at their university. I also like the way coach Sanders coaches his quarterbacks and I love the situation at both schools. I also like how both schools made it a point to make sure I had seen coach Cutcliffe and coach Fisher. I had visited a lot more last year but those were two big ones that were pretty recent."
Duncan has a pair of early offers from Newberry and Kentucky Christian University. He was able to check out one of those schools recently as well.
"I visited Newberry last night to confirm everything about their offer from last spring."
So does Duncan feel like some schools may be on the verge of offering soon now that he's showing success at AAAA Ashley Ridge?
"Most of the schools that have shown a lot of interest like the ones I named have said that it's coming, they are wanting to see how I do against AAAA competition not SCISA."
Duncan says aside from his visit to NC State this weekend when they host Florida State he plans on making another trip to Tallahassee to see Florida State some time later in the season.
"Our team goals are to just take everything week by week don't look ahead and just play our game. My personal goals are to pass for more yards and touchdowns than I did last year. I just want to be the best teammate I can be and help my team continue to win games and make history."
A strong student in the classroom reporting a 3.7 overall (3.5 core) GPA Duncan says being able to get a good education is at the top of his list when it comes to choosing a college.
"Most definitely education and graduation rates are going to be most important to me first. I would also like to attend a university where I can play early and I would like to play in a more passing prone offense. I'd also like to have a good relationship with the coaching staff."
We asked the Ashley Ridge standout what player he most likes to pattern his game after and his response was one we see a good deal of similarities in.
"I would say I like the way Matt Ryan plays. He throws a good ball, he's always in command, he is always in the film room trying to better, and he's a phenomenal leader."
With so many schools already showing so much interest are there any frontrunners or favorites for Duncan?
"Not right now, I'm open to all schools."
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...STEVEN DUNCAN
Bench press: 285 pounds
Squat: 385 pounds
Power clean: 245 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.9 seconds
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