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Monday, June 10, 2013
Duncan part of a talented extended family

By Brad Bournival

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Right now, Malik Duncan (Cleveland/Central Catholic) is losing the burrito battle.

That could change in the coming months, however, as the 5-foot-8, 167-pound Duncan continues to blow up on the recruiting scene.

A first cousin to BCS prospects Erick Smith (Cleveland/Glenville) and Jerome Baker (Cleveland/Benedictine), Duncan has a running bet with Baker every time the two get an offer.

“It’s a competitive thing,” Duncan said. “Me and Jerome make bets on food by every offer that we get. If Jerome has anything in the [Mid-American Conference], it’s Chipotle on me. If it’s outside the MAC, it’s Texas Roadhouse or Outback, something big. I haven’t gotten to take him the food, but he’s winning right now by a lot.”

Right now, Baker counts offers from Florida, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Smith has offers from Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and West Virginia.

While Duncan hasn’t picked up an offer yet, the cornerback/safety has a ton of schools interested as Akron, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kent State, Louisville, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and West Virginia are all showing interest.

Duncan ran a 4.53 40-yard dash Sunday at Ohio State’s camp, so the curiosity should pick up even more.

“It’s going to be good, but I have to be patient,” Duncan said. “I’ll just wait and see what happens. It makes me hungrier. It’s great to see all our names out there. It’s great to see we’re all going our separate ways and will play at the next level.”

As for that next level, don’t expect things to change as the three get ready for football after high school.

“We all talk family stuff and things like that," Duncan said. "Erick tells me things to work on and tells me when I go to camp to talk to everyone.

"Me, Jerome and Erick have talked about [the next step]. When we get to the next level, we’re going to talk every day and keep that bond together.”