Checking in on Durham

For all the high school football nuts in Central Florida, one of the most interesting storylines this season will be Seminole H.S., which will attempt to repeat as state champions.

Yes, the Fighting ‘Noles lose three blue-chip players but after this spring, it was clear that the team still had an abundance of talent on the roster.

Seminole beat Lake Howell 20-0 this spring, a game which was only a portion of the normal amount of time. Despite Seminole's dominance over a Lake Howell team that has arguably the best player in the area (Christian Jones), Coach Cullison was far from happy, as he chewed the team out at halftime.

A high bar has obviously been set and no one is happier about it than Toby Durham, a wide receiver/ running back who will likely be Seminole's top offensive threat this year.

"It was real good to see that," Durham told "I have a lot of faith in my team and we all have faith in each other. We are working even harder than last year because we learned what it takes."

Durham and his cousin/teammate Tyrone Bouie both are expected to be leaders for Seminole as the team begins its quest to win another championship and the two will likely be playing college ball with each other next year. So far, the two have offers from the same teams, including UCF, Purdue, ECU, New Mexico, and Minnesota. The two have set an official visit to Minnesota on September 12th.

"I'm looking forward to it," said Durham. "I can't wait to see Minnesota. They want us real bad and have a good coach."

Being so close to one another, Durham is grateful that he's been put in the position to possibly play with is cousin at the next level.

"It's a great opportunity for us to be able to play at the next level together. We've been so close for so long. Since he came to Sanford we've always played on the same team. We're so close, we're like brothers."

Durham hasn't named a favorite team, but he seems to be high on Minnesota. He also likes USF, which has shown interest, and UCF, a school that is thirty minutes away from his house.

"UCF is a school I like a lot and I've been to a lot. They always welcome us on campus. Coach Collins is nice and everything. I also like their wide receiver coach (Coach Kelly,) I like the way he coaches."

Durham isn't sure whether he will take an official visit to the UCF. Players are only allowed five official visits during the recruiting process and that's the one time a team can pay for the player's trip to the school. Considering his familiarity with the program, he may not take the visit simply because a quick trip to UCF is a lot cheaper than a flight to Minnesota or New Mexico.

"UCF is a good program, but I can't say if I'll take an official visit there, I don't know yet."

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