Duncan Keeps NC Pipeline Alive at BSU

Duncan Keeps NC Pipeline Alive at BSU

East Forsyth DE is the first defensive commitment for Ball State for 2014

It didn't take too long for Kernersville, NC (East Forysth) DE Zach Duncan to make up his mind that he wanted to be a Cardinal.

"They told me that I reminded them of (current Ball State Pass Rusher Jonathan Newsome) in that I can rush the Quarterback for the edge and stand up and drop and do a lot of different things," Duncan said. "That really made me feel respected and I felt like it was the place for me right then."

The 6-4 230 Duncan chose the Cardinals over offers from North Carolina A&T, Western Carolina, Hampton and Gardner-Webb.

Duncan credits former teammate and current Cardinal Chris Blair for turning him on to Ball State and vise versa.

"Chris committed there last year and told me how great it was up there," Duncan said. "That really put me on them. So I started calling the coaches and they started calling me back. Then in April I got the offer from them and it was my first, so I really respected that a lot because it broke the ice for the other offers to come."

Duncan, who also plays lacrosse, is another in a line of several Cardinals from the Tar Heel state who will be playing in Muncie in the years to come.

"Yeah, it is really cool," Duncan said. "I saw Jahwan (Edwards, Ball State RB) up there on my visit when he was working out and he is from Butler (Matthews, NC) and he said ‘I hear you from East Forysth, you need to get up here so that we can get more of us Carolina boys up here'. It made me really want to be here even more."

With recruiting out of the way, Duncan can now focus on his senior season, one that he expects will turn some heads in North Carolina.

"We graduated a lot of seniors from last year," Duncan said. "So people are doubting us. But we have a big front 7 on defense and added some transfers on the D line and then some of the D linemen move to linebacker. On offense, the skill guys have really been working hard on speed and agility. We are going to surprise people this year."

Stay tuned to the Ball State Insider as we continue to bring you information of Ball State Football and Basketball recruiting.

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