A year ago, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek running back Jela Duncan rushed for 1,375 yards on only 95 carries. The way he's currently going, he just might top that by Week 6.
Through three games, the 5-feet-10, 190-pounder already has gained 553 yards.
In Mallard Creek's opener against perennial state power Matthews Butler , he finished with 217 yards and one touchdown. Thus far, his lowest output has been a 165-yard effort.
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"I've improved in every aspect since last year I think," Duncan said. "But I'm still trying to get better."
Duncan claims nine offers. One team stands out, and he calls it his favorite.
"I like Duke a lot," Duncan said. "That's my leader at the moment. I love Coach [David] Cutcliffe. Me and him have the best relationship. He just keeps it real for me. He just lays it all out on the table. He seems like a really great guy."
Duncan visited Duke last weekend.
"It was a pretty good experience," he said. "I got a pretty positive vibe out of them. I've been there a few times. I've probably been there two other times, once for the Nike Camp."
Duke will get an official from Duncan. So will Pittsburgh and Purdue. He will visit the Boilermakers on Oct. 8. No other trips have been scheduled.
Duncan said East Carolina and South Carolina are among the schools he also is considering for visits.
Asked what programs could be next to offer, Duncan replied, "North Carolina, Virginia Tech and South Carolina. They're recruiting me pretty hard."
For now, Duncan doesn't seem in a hurry to make his choice.
"I want to take all my officials and see what all these schools have to offer," he said.