March 19, 2013
Durkin looking forward to MSU visit
Quarterback Chris Durkin if Youngstown Ursuline High School has seen his offer list expand greatly this winter. Michigan State offered him a scholarship a few weeks ago and he is looking forward to getting back on campus sin the near future. We have the details.
Over the last few months Durkin has seen his stock rise significantly. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound signal-caller has picked up scholarship offers from BCS schools like Illinois, Indiana, California and Northwestern. In all Durkin now has 10 scholarship offers ion the table.
Durkin has already been to East Lansing to check things out, but he is really looking forward to getting back on campus so he can see the team in action during spring practice and develop some additional rapport with the Sprats staff. He spoke with us about that.
"I can't wait to get back up to see Michigan State," Durkin said. "I am going up there on March 28th and I will likely head back up there in April too."
One of the schools that Durkin was seriously considering is the Northwester Wildcats. Earlier this week news broke that Northwestern picked up a commitment from quarterback Clayton Thorson of Illinois. We spoke with Durkin about this development.
"Yes, they told me they are only taking one so they are done at quarterback."
The last few years Michigan state and Northwestern have targeted several of the same quarterbacks. As Spartsnmag.com has indicated in the past, current Spartan Tyler O'Connor of Ohio had a final 2 of Michigan Stat and Northwestern. Last year the Spartans had an offer rout to Northwester commitment Matt Alviti, before taking Damion Terry's commitment. Michigan State did not offer Thorson, but both school offered Durkin along with DeShone Kizer of Ohio.
The commitment of Thorson is a prime example of how quarterback recruiting is a bit different than any other position. Most teams only take 1 player and sometimes it is a first come-first serve type of situation. The most famous example from Michigan State perspective is Penn State taking Zach Mills which allowed Jeff Smoker to become a Spartan.
It will be interesting to see how Michigan State handles the recruitment of Durkin along with Kizer. Both are Ohio players and Michigan State has a great tradition of having outstanding signal callers from the Buckeye state. With that said, a few other players are still on the board and in-state prospect like Tyler Weigers and Travis Smith of Ithaca would love to have an opportunity to show their stuff at camp in June.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Durkin in the comings weeks. Having scouted him at the CORE 6 Combine in Cincinnati we can say that he brings a lot of upside potential to the position and his athletic ability for a player his size is rare.
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