Newberry (Fla.) 4-star defensive tackle Cory Durden has committed to Florida State. Durden is the second Newberry defensive tackle to commit to the Seminoles this recruiting cycle. His cousin, Ja'Len Parks, committed to Florida State in 2014.
"The program is built around loyalty and brotherhood and that's why I decided to end my recruitment today," Durden said.
Despite having his cousing committed, Durden said that didn't play into his decision.
"He told me 'Do what you want. Don't make your decision based on me,'" Durden said. "That's what I did."
He is excited about the prospect of playing beside his cousin at the next level.
"It's amazin," Durden said. "He's my first cousin. We've been together our whole life. It's a blessing to play more downs next to him."
Durden has built a strong relationship with Florida State defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins on the field and off.
"Me and coach Odell have a strong relationship off the field," Durden said. "I talk to him a lot. I talk to him all the time."
When it came down to it, Durden just felt at home as a Seminole.
"It just felt like home," Durden said. "It's a beautiful city. It's one of the nicest campuses in the country."
The 6-foot-5, 303-pound Durden is the No. 13 ranked defensive tackle and No. 191 prospect overall in the 2017 Scout 300.