March 18, 2009

Florida cousins hold CSU offers

Its a family thing where the recruitment of a pair of Sanford (Fla.) stars are concerned. Seminole High School athlete Toby Durham is already seeing his name on scholarship offers from Colorado State and Central Florida. Now, his cousin, Tyrone Bouie
, a 6-foot, 165-pound cornerback with 4.5 speed in the 40-yard-dash, also holds scholarship offers from the same two schools.

Durham, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete collected nine receptions for 187 yards and rushed another 58 times for 428 yards and four touchdowns. Last season his cousin, Bouie, tallied 55 tackles, three interceptions, two tackles for a loss and a sack. Those number have garnered him the attention of the local press - he is one of the Orlando Sentinel's Pre-season Players to Watch - as well as colleges around the country. Thus far Bouie has scholarship offers from Colorado State as well as Central Florida.

In addition to his scholarship offers from Colorado State and Central Florida, Bouie is also getting letters from USC, Miami, UCLA, Nebraska, Tennessee State and Florida Atlantic.

"He (Bouie) can lay the wood to his opponents. He sets goals for himself and help his teammates," said Seminole High assistant coach Henry Anderson. "Toby and Tyrone are cousins and they told me they want to go to the same school together."

In fact Bouie and Durham said they want to go to school with fellow Seminole High standout Zack Martin, who himself is a 5-foot-8 slotback with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash. Anderson said he was unsure if the Rams were recruiting Martin.

"I was very excited about it," Durham said of finding out Colorado State had also offered his cousin a scholarship. "We haven't really committed to a school yet, we are just getting ready for our visits. We are just looking for a school we can combine with and feel like a family."

Bouie said his game is known for physical play and he is very comfortable playing in a cover two system. His cousin agreed emphatically.

"He hits," Durham said matter-of-factly. "He is a physical guy, he likes contact and has good coverage and everything."

Bouie said he hopes to major in either psychology, sports medicine or business and carries a 3.0 grade point average in high school. He added his priority in college was to complete a degree and get his education.

"I hope to get an education," Bouie said. "The offers are nice and all, but if I don't get an education I don't feel like I took advantage."

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