August 29, 2011

Three-star RB is considering Wake Forest

Mallard Creek running back Jela Duncan is an integral part in one of the most dynamic offenses in North Carolina high school football. The Mavericks (2-0) kicked off the season with a 28-20 upset win over nationally ranked Butler.

Duncan had the highlight of the game with a 63-yard touchdown run.

"It's a big spring board," Duncan said. "It's probably one of the biggest wins we've had in our program. We're just trying to get better and better."

The three-star (No. 38 running back and No. 20 prospect in NC) recruit is not settling for this early success. Duncan said he hopes to break the 2,000-yard rushing barrier, but ultimately wants to win a state championship.

With his senior year underway the Charlotte product is focused on the season, but the recruiting process is still in the back of his mind.

He is considering Duke, East Carolina, South Carolina and Wake Forest.

"Duke would be my leader right now," Duncan said. "I like the coaches down there."

Duncan said he will probably not make a decision until signing day. He also does not know when and where he will take his official visits, but anticipates that process will begin soon.

Lonnie Galloway has played a major role for Wake Forest in Duncan's recruitment.

"I have a great connection with him," Duncan said. "He's my recruiting coordinator, so I talk to him a lot. He's a great coach. I can talk to him about anything. He said I'd probably do great in the offense, because they run."

Running is what the 5-foot-9 190-pounder is built for. Duncan registered a solid 4.5 40-time, and squats an impressive 475 pounds. He also tries to model his game after Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

"I love everything that he does," Duncan said. "He runs hard. He's what you look for in a running back."

Duncan is confident that he can be that type of running back at the next level.

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