October 23, 2011

3-star RB picks the Flashes

The Kent State coaching staff made a big splash in the state of Pennsylvania when they landed offensive tackle Jake Witucki over the summer. The Flashes went back for seconds over the weekend, securing a commitment from three-star McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour running back Julian Durden. The 5-foot-8, 165-pound prospect picked the Flashes on Saturday over Ohio and Temple among others and become the twelfth member of the 2012 Kent State class.

"I picked Kent State for the fact that it's not far from home and they have the major that I want which is business management," said Durden. "They have one of the top business schools in the country."

The depth chart was another factor that weighed into Durden's decision to pick the Flashes.

"I also looked at the depth chart and everything," he explaind. "They have two senior running backs that will be gone and a sophomore and a freshman. There would be a fair chance that I could play; they don't have a set running back right now. Hopefullly when I get up there I'll work hard and get a fair chance to play."

Durden has kept in contact with a number of Kent State coaches throughout the process, specifically on the offensive side of things.

"I talk to the head coach (Darrell Hazell), coach (Brian) Rock, basically everyone that I'll be working with," he said.

On the field, Durden and his teammates are sitting at 6-2 and in great shape for a playoff berth.

"Everything is going good," he said. "We're probably getting a home playoff game and we just have to finish the season off strong. I'm not really sure about my stats but I have around 20 touchdowns."

Though not the biggest back, Durden more than makes up for that with a number of other positive attributes.

"I think my balance, my vision, and the versatility I have (are strengths)," he said. "I can be in the slot and I can return kickoffs and punts. I'm working on getting stronger and just staying strong and blocking. I can always work to make myself better."

Durden has been to Kent State before on an unofficial visit but he plans to get more familiar with the campus and the coaching staff as he hopes to take his official visit this coming weekend.

"I went up during the summer and toured the campus and facilities and everything," he said. "I'll be going up for my official visit, I think I'm going up there this Saturday for the game against Bowling Green. I just want to see the game and see how the offense is going and spend some time with the coaching staff."

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