The wait is over for St. James athlete C.J. Duncan. After taking his official visit last weekend, Duncan has given a verbal commitment to play football at Vanderbilt University.
The two-time Advertiser All-Metro selection said the city, school and program factored into his decision. But it was his 11-year old brother Collin that sealed the deal. "I've always been excited about Vanderbilt and the possibilities," Duncan said. "I talked to my parents about it, and I kind of knew where I was going. But once the little man told me, I knew that was it." Duncan, a three-star athlete on 247 Sports, is heading to Nashville in the summer and will serve as multipurpose offensive threat. He played quarterback for the Trojans this season, and threw for 1,010 yards and rushed for 816 more. "I'm going to play slot receiver and get in some Wildcat situations," Duncan said. "They just told me, 'When you come in, just have a chip on your shoulder. Come in, work hard and the rest will take care of itself.' They liked what they saw, me and my family, and they knew I was a Vanderbilt kid." Duncan is the 24th commit in the Commodores' 17th-ranked class on ESPN, and has already stocked up on gear, wearing a black Vanderbilt hat and jacket to his basketball game yesterday. Duncan had offers from Troy, Southern Miss and Arkansas State, and is happy the recruiting process is over. "It's been a while since I've been able to wear college gear," Duncan said. "I haven't been able to wear it because I've been getting recruited by so many different people. So finally, I get to be proud of where I'm going to college." Duncan played football, basketball and baseball for the Trojans, and is looking forward to getting to school and focusing his attention to the gridiron. "I played so many positions in high school, I feel like a lot of my best work is yet to come," Duncan said. "Now that I get to focus on just football, and just a certain position, I think my future's pretty bright and I'm blessed to be in this situation." Now that he made his decision, Duncan has set his expectations. "I just like where the program's headed," Duncan said. "Everybody's excited about success and expecting greatness. I pride myself on expecting greatness, so, I think it's a good fit."