February 27, 2013

QB Durkin to visit MSU for spring practice

Michigan State has offered 4 quarterbacks for the class of 2014 including Chris Durkin of Youngstown Ursuline High School in Ohio. SpartanMag.com has the latest details on the 6-foot-3, 216-pound prospect.

Head Coach Mark Dantonio and the Spartan staff is looking to sign 1 high-level quarterback for the class of 2014. As of this point they are focused on 4 players for the 1 spot. Durkin was the most recent player to get a scholarship from Michigan State and SpartanMag.com was abel to observe him in action at teh CORE 6 Combine

Durkin was the top performer at the CORE 6 event, showing a strong arm and quality footwork. What make Durkin unique is that he is very agile for a player his size. Durkin has the ability to throw outside of the pocket and extend plays with his mobility, he is not simply a pocket passer. His offer continues to trend of the Spartans looking for quarterbacks who can make things happen with their arm as well as legs.

The offer to Durkin came back on February 14th and Durkin said his first reaction was "speechless". Since that time his stock has continued to rise and he now has close to double-digit scholarship offers. He updated us on the latest.

"So far I have scholarship offers from Western Michigan, Toledo, Bowling Green, Akron, Michigan State, Indiana , Northwestern, Illinois, and Cal."

Durkin had a strong junior campaign for Ursuline High School leading the team all the way to the Division 5 semi-finals. He threw for close to 1500-yards and rushed for over 1000-yards and 23 touchdowns. He received 1st Team All Northeast Ohio and 2nd Team All-State honors for his play.

Durkin informed us that he wants to make his college choice sometime before the summer. His reasoning is two-fold. Not only does he want to be able to focus on his senior season, but he also understands the idea of a quarterback being a intregal part of a recruiting class and being able to help attract other top players.

We asked Durkin to comment down each of the 5 BCS programs that have offered him a scholarship:

"-Michigan State: I love their game day atmosphere and playing in front if 75 thousand sounds awesome.

-Northwestern: Grade A education and a great athletic program and Coach Fitz is a really high energy guy.

-Indiana: Great staff and good football tradition

-Illinois: Nice staff and a building football program, also a chance to play early.

-Cal: Great football tradition, great weather, good academics, and a great conference."

The Spartans and Northwestern Wildcats have battle dover quarterbacks the past few years. In 2011 Michigan State beat the Wildcats for Tyler O'Connor. In 2012 the Spartans had offered future Northwestern 4-star commitment Matt Alviti prior to landing Damion Terry. The on-field success and quarterback development at both schools has made quarterback recruiting very competitive.

In order to make a informed decision Durkin plans on visiting many of his top choices again, We asked him about coming back up to East Lansing.

"I know I am going back to Northwestern Toledo and Michigan State. I will be at Miochigan State on the 27th."

SpartanMag.com has talked with several recruits that have stated they are planning on coming to Michigan State on March 28th. It is very possible the staff wants Durkin up for an overnight visit so he can learn more about the program and interact with other potential Spartans as well.

In addition to checking out schools, Durkin will also be hitting some of the major camps that will be held later this spring. Durkin will attend the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp and he has also been invited to the Rivals/Under Armour Elite Player Camp. That camp is invite only and makes player eligible for the 5-Star Challenge Camp held in the summer.

SpartanMag.com will be at those events and will be sure to keep in contact with Durkin throughout the recruiting process.

Matt Dorsey's Take: One of the interesting aspects of Durkin's recruitment is the Youngstown connection. As many know Spartan Coach Pat Narduzzi is the primary recruiter of Durkin and he attended Ursuline High School while his dad was the Head Coach and AD at Youngstown State University. Durkin's father, Chris, shares a distinction with Bill Narduzzi. They are both members of the Youngstown University Hall of Fame. Durkin's father was a standout baseball player for the Penguins and is considered by many the top player to ever attend the school. Chris Durking was a 3rd round draft pick of the Houston Astros in 1991.

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