May 27, 2009

Bouie and Durham enjoying the process

The pursuit of Sanford (Fla.) speedsters and cousins Tyrone Bouie and Toby Durham continued this week as their scholarship offer list grew to six, while Georgia Southern and Colorado State stopped by Seminole High School to evaluate the pair.

Durham, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound sparkplug, 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.
The numbers and the athletic ability have led Purdue, Colorado State, East Carolina, New Mexico, Central Florida, Iowa, Rutgers, Toledo and Minnesota to offer the pair scholarships. South Florida and South Carolina were also recently in Sanford, while Iowa State is also considering whether or not to offer.

"Georgia Southern and Colorado State are coming down to see Tyrone, Toby and Zachery Martin today, tomorrow and Wednesday," Seminole High School assistant Henry Anderson said. "USF came to see Tyrone and Toby last week (Tuesday) and setting them up for an unofficial visit probably after their spring game."

Durham and Bouie will take an official visit to Minnesota on Sept. 12.

Spring football practice has made it easy for college coaches to come see Durham and Bouie. Seminole plays at Lake Howell on May 29th in their spring game. Bouie said spring ball has gone pretty well thus far.

"It is going pretty good," Bouie said. "I am just getting better at the things I did last year, like trying to be in the perfect stance every time I am out on the field, things like that.

"A lot of people look up to me on the team, so it isn't that hard. I try to lead by example," he added.

Bouie was recently given three stars by and is using that for motivation this fall, saying "I still think I am under-rated a little bit. I am just going to have to show a lot this year."

Other than what he believes is a slight by, Bouie is enjoying the recruiting process and said he will likely be visiting Colorado State. While this is a time when coaches can't talk much to recruits, he said he likes the process.

"Right now all I am waiting on is who is saying they are ready to set up a visit. I like all of my offers. I am willing to get out of Florida and stay in Florida... I really like the attention I am getting, but the visit is the main thing that I am waiting on."

Durham has also been making strides during the spring football season. He has seen his weight rise to 175 pounds and his bench press move to 275. He said coaches are also visiting both cousins at the same time since they heard Durham and Bouie were interested in going to school together.

Like Bouie, Durham added that he is also enjoying the recruiting process.

"I enjoy it a lot," Durham said. "We are getting a lot of nice coaches every-other-day or so they are coming out to look at us and give us their information about their school. It has been a good experience."

Durham, who said he wants to own his own construction or architecture business someday, said he is looking forward to a visit to South Florida as well as trying to figure out his role on a very explosive offense that seeks to get him the ball in a lot of different ways. Durham said he will play primarily running back, but is also learning to play all over the field.

"I think I am improving a lot of things. I am going to be a lot of things on offense. I am learning as we go. I am going to play a little quarterback, running back, receiver and defense," he said.

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