The USF class of 2011 has arrived on campus and USFNation had a chance to catch up with the incoming signees and their plans since National Signing Day. In our last entry we spoke with Evans High School Offensive Tackle Darrell Williams.
Durden was an all-state and all-region performer where he posted 78 tackles, eight INTs, 17 PBU and two blocked FGs during his three-year career. Durden earned all-state and all-region honors as a senior while also being voted team captain. He was also named to the North-South All-Star team. During his senior year, he tallied 40 tackles, three INTs and 15 PBU while also posting seven receptions for 197 yards and two TDs and one blocked FG. He also competed in basketball and track and field and set the school record in the triple jump as a junior with a mark of 48-6.
How has your summer been going?
It’s been going good. I’ve been working out and ready to get down there.
Have you been using the USF workout plan?
No, I’ve been doing my own thing because I have a trainer and stuff.
What is your current height and weight?
I’m 6’1” 168 lbs. I played at around 165 lbs last year.
What were some of the reasons you chose USF?
Well, when I went there for a camp, I liked it there. Tampa is a big place and with USF coming up and being close to home; that’s why I chose to go there. I also really like the coaching staff.
With USF increasing its recruiting presence in Georgia, have you noticed a bigger USF presence in the State?
Yes sir I have.
How does it feel to finally be enrolling?
It’s very exciting; my mom is already preparing me to leave.
What are your immediate goals once you get on campus?
I don’t really know. I haven’t really thought about it yet. I guess it would be to get ready and get focused on what I have to do. If I have to redshirt, I will because it will allow me to learn and get bigger.
As a defensive player, is there a certain offense you like to see when you get to the line of scrimmage?
I don’t really know but it doesn’t matter what offense is out there.
What is your favorite play to run?
My favorite play to run in high school is anything that involves man coverage.
What are your strengths as a player?
I work hard at practice, I get focused and I do my best to lock my man down. I’m a worker.
What are some things you need to improve on?
I want to improve my speed and coming out of my breaks and staying low.
Is there a player on the college or pro level that you try to model your game after?
Well, I look at all kinds of players but I used to watch Deion Sanders and Devin Hester but I look at a lot of players.
What is a message you want to give the fans for this upcoming season?
Get ready for this Big East Championship!
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