The interest for Youngstown (OH) quarterback Chris Durking continues to pick up.
Durkin, who is up to 6-4, 230, most recently went to the junior day at Toledo, the first school to offer him. In 2012, Durkin threw for 1,375 yards passing, with 12 touchdowns in the air. He rushed for another 1,103 yards on the ground with 11 rushing touchdowns.
"They really like him a lot," his father, Chris Durkin, Sr. said. "They spent a lot of time with him, individually. Coach (Jason) Candle and (quarterbacks) coach (Scott Isphording) Izzy took the time with him. They're building a great relationship with us."
Up next will be a short trip to Cincinnati to meet with their staff, and to also participate in the Core 6 Showcase in Cincinnati. Right now, the biggest question will be which schools Durkin will visit this spring. There has been no shortage of invitations.
"A lot of schools want to get you down, and watch you throw," Durkin added. "We've heard from California, Stanford, Maryland. They all want us to do that. We may not have the time. At some point, we'll narrow the list."
One school that could get a visit is Northwestern--a school that Durkin says, has shown a lot of interest.
"We took a visit there, and we really like it there," Durkin said. "We've been looking at them for awhile. We like their academics. Christopher also visited Michigan State. Coach (Pat) Narduzzi like him. Purdue has been in to see him. Maryland was supposed to come in, but they got hit with some weather. I know they'll be making a return trip. Bill Lazor was hired at Virginia (as offensive coordinator), and they're coming to see him."
Looking ahead to the summer camp schedule, there are even a few more schools Durkin is looking at. Durkin camped well at Pitt last summer. The Panthers are a possibility, as are a few others.
"Michigan and Stanford; we'll see which of these schools show interest," Durkin said. "We'll probably do the Michigan camp. We'll get to Akron, and we're going to hear from Northwestern. They want to see him throw live. He's worked exceptionally hard. We're not going to take any (interest) for granted."