January 29, 2013

Spartans stop in to see Ohio QB

The Michigan State staff is busy not only putting the finishing touches on the class of 2013, but evaluating recruits for the class of 2014. One of the players the staff is taking a serious look at is quarterback Chris Durkin of Youngstown Ursuline High School in Ohio. SpartanMag.com has the details.

The 6-foot-4, 216-pound Durkin will be one of the top quarterback prospect in the Midwest for the class of 2014. As a junior he had a strong campaign leading Ursuline to the 3rd round of the playoffs where they lost a shootout to Kirtland High School 38-37. We asked him about his junior season statistics and honors.

"I had around 1500-yards passing and 1100-yards rushing for 23 touchdowns," Durkin said. "I received 1st Team All Northeast Ohio and 2nd Team All-State."
His performance this fall has led to several schools already extending him a scholarship. He talked about what schools have offered him so far and the other schools that are showing him a high level of interest at this point.
"I have scholarship offers from Toledo, Bowling Green, Akron and Illinois," he stated. "I am hearing from Alabama, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Northwestern, Ohio State, Duke, Cal, Cincinnati, Purdue, Penn State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Louisville and Maryland."
Michigan State Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi actually attended Ursuline High School and he serves as the primary recruiter of the Youngstown area for the Spartans. We asked Durkin about his contact with Michigan State University.

"Coach Narduzzi has stopped by Ursuline, Durkin said. He and I have talked some. I was up at Michigan State for the Ohio State game and I loved it up there. I want to go up there and see a practice if I cannot make it to a junior day."

Durkin will likely see his offer list expand this spring as he gets out and checks out several schools in person. We asked him about his time-table for making a college choice and what he is looking for in a school when it comes to making his decision
I want to make my decision before my senior year. I plan to study Pre-Med so I am going to look at the medical program, summer classes available, athletic facilities and a coaching staff I can build a bond with."
One of the things that makes Durkin a prospect the staff wants to see more of is the fact that for someone his size he runs well. He may not be Braxton Miller, but a Drew Stanton type of comparison may not be out of the question. Rivals.com Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt had the following to say about Durkin after seeing him in action this fall.

"Listed at 6-foot-4 and 216 pounds, Durkin is a big, strong passer who showed toughness when he tucked and ran with the football. He is not going be confused with a dual-threat quarterback, but he is not a statue in the pocket either. When needed, Durkin can move his feet to avoid pressure. He threw some of his best passes while rolling out."
SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Durkin in the coming weeks. The fact that Michigan State runs an offense that is conducive to Durkin's skills set is a positive factor in his recruitment. Throw in the fact that Coach Narduzzi is recruiting his alma-mater and if the Spartans offer they should be viewed as one of the favorites for his services.

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