Montour RB Julian Durden up to 4 verbal offers
Written by: Josh Funk on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011
The Montour Spartans boast a total of six potential Division-1 prospects between its 2012 and 2013 classes. One of those potential D-1 prospects is senior-to-be Julian Durden.
Durden, a 5’8, 170-pound running back, has received a total of four verbal offers from Pitt, Temple, Kent State and FCS representative Youngstown State as well as interest from programs like Cincinnati, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State and West Virginia, according to national recruiting service Scout.com. In addition to Durden, quarterback Dillon Buechel, wide receiver Devin Wilson and linemen Domenic Martinelli, Tyler Haddock and Matt Barone are also receiving Division-1 attention.
Scout.com ranks Durden as the #58 running back in the 2012 recruiting class and a three-star prospect. The Montour back is one of five Keystone State prospects ranked in the top-60 running backs in the nation, joining Hopewell’s Rushel Shell (#3), McDowell’s Greg Garmon (#11), Downingtown East’s Drew Harris (#24) and Archbishop Wood’s Desmon Peoples (#53).
Durden had a breakout junior season for the Spartans last season, running for 2,033 yards and 25 touchdowns on 263 carries and catching another 15 passes for 216 yards and one additional touchdown. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry and 14.4 yards per reception, running for 100+ yards in 11 of Montour’s 13 games (including three 200+-yard performances) and finishing seven games with multiple rushing touchdowns.
In the last two seasons, Durden has run for 2,987 yards and scored 40 rushing touchdowns. As a sophomore at Pittsburgh North Catholic High School, Durden ran for 954 yards and 15 touchdowns, helping the Trojans reach the WPIAL Class A semifinals, falling to Rochester.
Montour finished the 2010 season 12-1 overall, reaching the WPIAL AAA championship game for the second time since 2007. The Spartans were eliminated by Central Valley, 24-7.
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