UCF Extends Offer to Another Local Prospect

Seminole High School has become a staple for colleges looking to add athletes with top speed and athleticism. Last year, the Seminoles produced three elite prospects that led the team to a 6A state title. UCF couldn't haul in any of those players a year ago, but the team is working at adding some Seminole talent for the 2010 class.

With Andre Debose, Ray Ray Armstrong and Dyron Dye on the Seminole H.S. (Fla.) roster last year, it was certainly easy to overlook some of the other contributors of the Florida's 2008 state champions. However, UCF's coaching staff is more than aware that there is plenty of talent other than "the big three" that reside at the local school.

One player that UCF took notice of was Toby Durham, a versatile running back / wide receiver that the Knights just offered this Saturday. Durham told InsideKnights.com that he called a coach over the weekend and found out that the Knights had offered him.

"I was real excited. Coach Collins let me know that I had an offer. I really like the program and that it's so close to home. I like Coach Collins too, he's a good coach."

Durham said that perhaps the most important attribute that he is looking at for a potential college is its staff, meaning that his respect for Collins could pay off.

"Going to a place with good coaches is important to me. Good coaches, good coaching staff and team where players have a good connection; that's what I want."

Living within 20 minutes from UCF, Durham also told InsideKnights.com that the location of the school could play a factor for him.

"It's nice that it's close. I like the program and the atmosphere during games."

At 6'0", 175 lbs. and 4.5 speed, Durham has the athleticism to play both running back and receiver, something that is enticing for most programs.

"I don't know where they offered me, but running the ball is my best strength. I feel that I'm a better running back than a receiver and I'd prefer to play in the back field in college."

Durham will undoubtedly have to do it all for the Seminoles this year, as the team will look to defend its state title without "the big three."

"I think we'll be able to get back there, but only time will tell. Last season was great. It was my first year playing varsity football and first time playing for Seminole."

Durham said that he will look to improve his speed, as he might play running back, receiver or possibly quarterback for Seminole. So far, Durham has attended a Nike and Under Armour combine and is trying to raise his stock. He was not able to attend UCF's Junior Day this weekend, but said he is planning to go to the one in April.

UCF was the first school to offer Durham, but expects more offers to be coming through, as Florida State has been in contact with him.

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