April 29, 2013

Durkin talks Spartans and camp

This past weekend Michigan State quarterback commitment Chris Durkin of Youngstown Ursuline High School in Ohio attended the Rivals.com/Under Armour Camp in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. SpartanMag.com was able to speak with him after the camp.

In a driving rain over 200 top recruits from around the region participated in the Rivals/Under Armour Camp on Saturday. Durkin was one of several quarterbacks that arrived at the Montour High School facility either already committed to a BCS school or holding multiple scholarship offers. All of the quarterbacks did their best to keep the footballs dry, but it was somewhat of a losing battle and most of them were soggy and wet by the days end.

We spoke with Durkin after the camp and he gave us his feedback about the camp and his current off-season training regimen.

"It was cold and rainy, but there was a lot of great completion out here today. Whenever I get the opportunity to get out and compete I do it. I was throwing to a variety of different receivers so I was working on getting my time down and just trying focus on my footwork.

As far as my training, 3 days lift a week, 3 days run and I throw 2 days a week. I have been working with Coach John Desantis. He really knows his stuff. We plan on throwing a lot over the coming months."

As far as future Camps or combines, Durkin still has a few lined up.

"Next week I will be Chicago for the Elite 11 and I will also be in Columbus for the Elite 11 Camp there as well."

Last weekend Durkin was in East Lansing for the Green and White Game. He spoke with us about his time on campus at Michigan State.

"It was great.I was able to meet some of my future teammates and start building relationships with those guys. I enjoyed being with the coaches again and spending more time with them. It is always great to be up there."

Obviously being a quarterback commitment, Durkin will be looking to build rapport with some other recruits that the Spartans are after for the class of 2014. He spoke about his role as a recruiter for the Green and White.

"One player I have been in touch with is Dareian Watkins a receiver from Ohio. He is a great player that I know they have also offered him a scholarship. He has great hands and is very shifty. He is a player I would really like to throw to in college.

While I was there on Saturday I heard they got a commitment from a center and I hear he is a like "bull' so I was glad to hear that."

The period after spring practice up through May is considered the "Spring Evaluation Period". Coaches are allowed to stop into schools and they can often see players workout or participate in sporting events. Actual verbal contact is limited, but it does allow coaches an opportunity to put in some face-time at a recruits schools. We asked Durkin if the Michigan State staff has been by Ursuline High.

"Coach Warner popped into my school one day and he was able to watch me workout for a little bit. Coach Narduzzi was in the area on Friday, but he did not stop in because he wants to save his visit for a few weeks down the road."

Durkin will likely be back up at Michigan State University in June so he can work out with some of the wide receiver prospects that will be attending the Spartan 1-Day Elite Player Camp. After that he will turn his focus toward his senior season. We asked him about the expectations for the season

"We should be really good. Just about all the kids that started last year return for this year. We have been working hard ion the off-season to get better. I have been working on stuff with my wide receivers to get timing down and have then running routes."

Ursuline finished last year 8-5 and lost in the quarterfinals of the playoffs by a score of 38-37. Durkin wants to help his team take it all the way this fall and bring a state championship back to Youngstown.

SpartanMag.com take: It was hard to get a real good read on the quarterbacks on Saturday due to the rain and wind. Rivals.com thought that Florida State QB commitment J.J Cosentino was the top performer followed closely by Durkin. I actually thought Joey Duckworth of Louisville High School in Ohio threw the ball the best on Saturday. With that said, a big reason why Michigan State likes Durkin is what he can do when the pocket break down. Durkin is very mobile despite his linebacker like size. He is in a class just like 2013 signee Damion Terry when it comes to being able to create with his legs. I fully expect Durkin it have a senior campaign where he puts up record setting numbers. I think a season where he throws for close to 2500-yards and rushed for over a 1000-yard is very possible.

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