It takes a special skill set to stand out on one of the top football teams in the state.
It’s more than a lengthy offer sheet, 40-yard dash time and other measurables.
With as many offensive weapons available on any given snap at Oak Grove, Jordan Duncan knew he was going to have to push harder than he ever had before so he wouldn’t get lost in the mix.
“With (former Oak Grove quarterbacks) Kirk (McCarty) and Cam (Myers), they knew I was grinding to get it,” Duncan said. “I know the other receivers are as good as me so if I can get open, he’s going to get me the ball. I fought every play, kept going 100 (percent) because you never know when the ball is going to come your way.”
Since the Warriors’ star burst onto the scene as a sophomore, Duncan has made his case as one of the state’s top receivers in a loaded class at the position.
He’s now earning recognition among the top 12 high school football players in Mississippi.
Stat breakdown: 71 receptions for 1,207 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.
Rankings: Four-star prospect by Rivals, three-star by 247Sports and Scout. Ranked No. 10 in The Clarion-Ledger’s Targeted 22.
What makes him a Dandy: Following a breakout sophomore season, Duncan continued to impress as one of the state’s most consistently good wide receivers. After winning the 6A state championship in 2013, Duncan led the Warriors back to the title game last year and set himself apart among a talented group of offensive weapons at Oak Grove. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder has a solid combination of length and size that gives him a good catch radius. His strong hands and body control allow him to catch the ball at its highest point. In traffic, Duncan excels at pulling down tough catches and fending off defensive backs. His crisp route running and athleticism make him a threat on short, intermediate and deep routes, and the three-star prospect excels at making hard cuts and changing direction to throw off defenders. He’s a solid blocker and has the potential to add more size to his frame to become a big college receiver. Duncan isn’t afraid to get physical with corners and has strong footwork that has helped him get faster with his first few steps.
Where he’s going: Duncan grew up a Florida fan and said an offer from the Gators would be a dream come true. The wide receiver has over 10 offers from the likes of Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama and will likely commit somewhere in the middle of his senior year. Don’t forget about the other out-of-state programs seeking Duncan’s talents. The wide receiver camped at Cal earlier this summer and has a strong relationship with Bears wide receiver coach Jacob Peeler, a Mississippi native.
Best time to catch him this fall: Oct. 9 vs. Meridian. Sure, Oak Grove vs. Petal is always a great cross-town rivalry game, but it’s going to be a scary sight to see this much talent is on the field in this one between Duncan and Meridian’s five future Division I prospects.
What he said: “It’s such a great honor to be a Dandy Dozen and have back-to-back Dandys at the same school,” Duncan said. “I got the news after I got out of workouts. When I checked my phone I saw all of these texts congratulating me and I just started screaming. I’m loving it right now.”
Worth noting: Duncan is the sixth Dandy Dozen selection from Oak Grove. The most recent was Mississippi State commit Cam Myers in 2014.
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