From St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, four-star offensive tackle Jaelyn Duncan has signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Maryland.
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Duncan is one of three four-star recruits coming to College Park this fall. The 247Sports Composite lists him as the 13th-ranked tackle in the country as well as being the No. 7 player overall in the state of Maryland. The prized left tackle was heavily coveted across the country, receiving offers from Florida, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, and more.
Standing at 6’6, 300 pounds, Duncan has the frame of a prototypical left tackle who can protect quarterbacks’ blind sides for years to come. Incumbent starter Derwin Gray is heading into his senior season (if he doesn’t leave for the NFL), so Duncan may sit behind and learn for a year or he may make a lateral move along the offensive line to pick things up on the go.
Maryland was one of the worst teams in the country in sacks allowed last year; the Terps’ figure of 2.92 ranked No. 114 in the nation out of 129 eligible teams. Whether it’s at left tackle or somewhere else, Duncan’s contributions will be greatly appreciated and will go a long way in keeping quarterbacks healthy.