July 20, 2011

Jela Duncan talks leader

Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek tailback Jela Duncan was easily one of the most impressive-looking running backs at the invitation-only Shrine Bowl Combine on Saturday afternoon. The three-star ball carrier checks in at 5-foot-10 and 205 pounds and passes the looks test, although even he admitted it's tough for a running back to do much else in the combine environment.

"I think I performed real good," he said. "You can't really do much in 7-on-7s, it's not really a running back thing, but I think I performed good."

Duncan has earned eight scholarships so far on the recruiting trail and hopes to continue adding to that total as time goes on. Duke, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, East Carolina, Purdue, Wofford, Gardner-Webb and Western Michigan have tendered so far.

The stout prospect camped at Duke, Wake Forest and NC State this summer; although he has not earned a Wolfpack offer yet.

"They gave me good feedback [at the NC State camp] but I guess they didn't really go off camp skills, they went off 40 times and more like combine skills," he said.

That doesn't mean the Pack is out of it yet, though. Although Duncan proclaimed Duke, his first tender, as his leader, he thinks the Pack could extend an offer, "probably a little down the road."

When asked for the schools that he is focused on besides his leader, Duncan listed Purdue, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, NC State and North Carolina. He'll be heading to Chapel Hill to be evaluated on July 23.

Duncan, who is ranked as the nation's No. 38 rusher and the state's No. 19 overall prospect, rushed 105 times as a junior for 1,375 yards and 18 scores. He has big goals for his final prep campaign: 2,000 yards on the ground and bringing home a state championship.


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