February 23, 2009

Bucks land surprise commit

The Ohio State recruiting effort for the class of 2010 struck gold this week with the surprise commitment of Austin (Texas) Westlake linebacker David Durham on Monday. It was almost a chance meeting between the 6-foot-3, 226-pounder and the Buckeyes but everything worked out for the best as the Ohio State recruiting class is now up to four players.

"I just committed to Ohio State this morning," Durham said. "They offered me this weekend when I was up there for a visit."

Durham was not up there for any sort of junior day and got into town with the sole purpose of checking out the school and trying to gather more information.

"I went up there with my dad on Friday," Durham said. "I also visited Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland but I didn't make it. UVA and WVU I was pretty sure they were going to offer and they did but Ohio State was kind of a question mark. It was the one I really wanted."

This was not his first trip to Columbus (Ohio) and he got a big recommendation from a coach to get the wheels in motion and to ultimately lead to an offer and commitment.

"I have been up there once before because my wrestling coach had told the staff at Ohio State that he had a football prospect he wanted to get looked at," Durham said. "He is from Ohio so we went up there and I met with coach Fickell and he really liked my tape and everything so I told him I was going to follow up."

And upon following up this past weekend everything went very well.

"I got in touch with him and got back up for another visit with my dad," Durham said. "Coach Tressel and the rest of the staff agreed that they wanted to offer me so I prayed about it a lot this weekend. Ohio State is 100-percent where I want to be so I went ahead and committed."

Durham has been projected by many as either an outside linebacker of a weak side defensive end but the Buckeyes have different plans for him.

"They have me at the hybrid position (LEO)," Durham said.

What was it that put Ohio State over the top?

"The complete package," Durham said. "They have great academics, great facilities, and the best coaching staff in the nation and the best environment for college football that you can find anywhere."

Durham spent time with current linebacker Etienne Sabino while on campus and really enjoyed how close the team was and how he could fit in on and off the field.

"I felt like I fit in well with their system and that was the main thing," Durham said. "The (LEO) position I really felt like I would fit in their defense really well and that was the number one thing. I also like the family atmosphere, coach Tressel is a strong Christian and they have a great FCA program on the team. I really feel like I can fit in with the guys."

BuckeyeGrove.com will have more of the interview with Durham later this evening.

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