Three-Team Race

Jordan Duncan out of Oak Grove, Miss., is one of the more coveted prospects in the Class of 2016. Three seem to be standing out right now.

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"Ole Miss, Florida, and North Carolina are really popping out to me right now," Duncan said. "I am taking the recruiting process slow. I have definitely not narrowed my list down to three schools or anything like that but those three have caught my eye so far."

The 6' 2", 193-pound receiver talks about all three schools who are on his mind.

"I went to Florida'S Friday Night Lights last weekend. They say they are on the verge of offering me. I know for sure who is coming after me hard and that's North Carolina. They have one of the top ten campus' in the country. I played ball with coach (Larry) Fedora's son at Oak Grove. I have a good relationship with him so I know coach Fedora pretty well. And I just like Ole Miss. I feel like I fit in good up there. All three of those schools are coming after me hard."

Several D1 programs have already offered the '13 1st Team All-State selection.

"I have offers from Louisville, North Carolina, Tennessee, Memphis, USM, MSU, and Ole Miss so far."

" I feel like I will make my decision at the end of my senior season. The recruiting process will be slow for me. I am in no hurry. I want to make sure I make the right decision when I make it."


This summer he participated at the Ole Miss, Alabama and Florida camps.

"I have really worked a lot on my speed. I needed to work on that and getting off of the press. Getting a chance to play against the best cornerbacks at these camps taught me that you really don't need to be fast. You just need to perfect your techniques. I feel I have gotten better at that."

Duncan talks about his strengths as a player.

"I would have to say my route running is a big strength of mine. I can get in and out of my breaks quickly and that gives me separation from the defensive backs. I feel like I have strong hands too. I worked a lot on catching the ball with one hand this summer and that really helped. I also feel like I have great concentration. If someone is about to hit me when the ball is in the air I do not let that distract me. I am just zeroed in on catching the ball and do a good job of bringing it in."

Jordan helped Oak Grove to its first 6A State Championship last season. . He caught 65 passes for 926 yards and ten touchdowns.

"My sophomore year everyone was planning on me being a big factor for our offense. I was able to come through for my team. We won games and then won it all. I am just blessed to have some talent. It felt great to be able to come through for my team. This season I want to become an even better leader. I want to be a better teammate and have even better character so they can look up to me as their leader. I feel like it is going to be an even bigger year for me this season."

The Oak Grove standout had a chance to visit the Ole Miss campus for the first time in June for their Elite Camp.

"It was my first trip. I really enjoyed it. I have been wanting to go up there. I have been hearing what kind of lifestyle it is up there in Oxford and it was all that it was built up to be and more. I loved it up there. But really got me was the brotherhood they have on that team. I was not expecting that. Everyone always talks about being a family but it really is like a big family up there. I really enjoyed that part of Ole MIss. I also like how they like to throw the ball. I would get a lot of opportunities in that offense."

The coaches at Ole Miss have also made an impact.

"Their coaches stood out to me the most. The coaches are always going to be a big factor. The thing about Ole Miss is they always let me know how bad they want you. I talked to coach (Hugh) Freeze for a while. He just kept telling me they really want me badly. The same thing with coaches (Grant) Heard and (Matt) Luke. I like how they approach me with mutual respect. Every player wants that. That's why I like them so much."

The Gators staff also did a nice job of selling themselves at their elite camp.

"They didn't offer me but they are close. They are waiting for the right time to offer me. Coach (Will) Muschamp spent a lot of time with me. He said I run really good routes and that I can get in and out of my breaks. Coach Muschamp said I have strong hands so they recognized all of my strengths at the camp. That was nice. Coach (Coleman) Hutzler told me before I went home that I was on the verge of getting an offer. They wanted to really look at the '16 class in-depth to see where it goes but to be expecting an offer to come from Florida after my season starts."

Jordan is in no rush to make a decision.

"I know a lot of guys in our class are just going ahead and making an early commitment but that's not me. I am researching all of the schools. I am taking my time and being slow with the process. I feel like I will make my decision at the end of my senior season. The recruiting process will be slow for me. I am in no hurry. I want to make sure I make the right decision when I make it."

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

 

 

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