Looking for a hidden 2014 gem? Try Alter junior OL Jeff Duncan


JJHuddle’s Ohio HS Insider

Alter High School senior tight end Greg Hart is committed to Nebraska and is a known commodity. He didn’t camp at Miami (Fla.) last week, but that didn’t keep reporters from thinking he had. Why? There was a “big kid from Alter” tearing it up in Florida and Hart was the only one on recruiters radars — until now…

Alter High School senior Greg Hart is committed to Nebraska. The tight end is a known commodity. Alter junior Kenneth “Jeff” Duncan is entering just his third year of football. The Knights new left tackle is an unknown – for now.

This past weekend Duncan camped in Florida at the University of Miami. His performance made Hart’s phone ring in Ohio.

College recruiters were confused. Big kid? Alter? Must be Hart. Right?


A 6-foot-6, 265-pound raw talent, Duncan shined in drills on both sides of the ball.

“At lifting Greg asked Jeff if he had been in Miami because numerous reporters had called his house about a big kid from Alter lighting it up in Florida and they instantly thought of Greg,” Jeff’s father Ken Duncan said. “Greg told the reporters it wasn’t him. It was Jeff.”

Call it a coming out party.

Resigned to the junior varsity and limited varsity action last year, Duncan will be counted upon immensely this season to help protect Alter’s standout senior QB and Notre Dame recruit Malik Zaire.

He’s up to the challenge and owns the needed skill set.

“(Jeff’s) got great reach and bend and has a powerful first step,” Alter offensive line coach Tim Edwards said. “He has a powerful first step off the ball, good footwork and speed and pass blocks nicely. He has a lot of upside and he’s working hard to grow into his body. If he keeps working hard and gets stronger, he could make a great BCS player.”

Duncan knows about hardwork. He is a history buff and speaks three languages. He taught himself German and Russian.

According to Ken, Duncan didn’t inquire about playing football until late in his eighth grade year. Said his father: “He just looked at me and said ‘Dad I want to play football and I want to play for Alter.’ He has worked his butt off ever since.”

Duncan’s one knock is his lack of quality game footage. Most of his varsity time was logged on the field goal and PAT teams.

“Jeff’s work ethic is as good as it gets, his motor never stops,” Ken said. “He is putting size and confidence together as he heads into the summer but he has to get the game film question marks out of the way. It’s hard to get rid of that stigma of a brand new football player with only two years experience.”

Some schools aren’t waiting.

In addition to Miami (Fla.), Duncan has been invited to and will camp at Pitt, West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois and North Carolina State. He’s also heard from Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Virginia and Boston College.

Duncan has yet to hear from Ohio State and will not camp there due to a scheduling conflict. His father however said: “I know there is interest on his part.”

Michigan and Michigan State have not been in either.

At Miami, Duncan performed well from both the left and right side as an offensive tackle. Where he really impressed though was on defense where he did not lose a one-on-one match.

“What impressed me the most (in Miami was) his ability from the defensive tackle/end spot,” Ken Duncan said. “He just flat out left some of (the OL) standing still. I was very impressed. I honestly did not know he had that gear.”

Duncan’s recruitment could mirror that explosion.

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