David Durham knows what he's looking for

With summer visits and camps over, David Durham, a 6'2" junior linebacker from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, is now focused on helping his team achieve their goals. GoJackets.com asked David a few questions regarding his recruitment.

With summer visits and camps over, David Durham, a 6'2" junior linebacker from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, is now focused on helping his team achieve their goals. They've begun practice and will open their season on August 29th.

After September 1st, when the NCAA allows colleges to contact underclassmen, he will know more about who is seriously interested in making offers. If the situation were to work out and the right school offers, Durham says he would commit early so that he could concentrate on his senior season and possibly enroll early to participate in spring practice in 2010.

David wants to play for a team that has tradition and game day atmosphere, and Georgia Tech has both. The stadium is historic, and since his dad and his family are from Atlanta, Durham has grown up attending Tech games. Durham's uncle was all state from Dekalb County Columbia HS and signed with Georgia Tech in the early 1970's. Getting a great education is important to him and he feels Georgia Tech can give that to him. It is important for his parents and family to be able to see me play as much as possible, so Atlanta makes that a little more possible than some out of state (Texas) schools.

David's twin brother will play D-1 tennis, and he is also interested in some SEC and ACC schools, so he hopes it will work out for them to be close together geographically.

It is also important to both him and his parents to have a Christian element to the program and with Derrick Moore, Georgia Tech is dynamic in that aspect.

David wants to go to a school where he can contribute a lot. With so many spread offenses, David understands that you still have to run laterally and he has a good shuttle time. He really enjoys playing physical and thinks linebackers ought to be the heart of the defense.

Playing for Westlake, which is one of the top high schools in the country, Durham has been fortunate to have great teammates and great coaching, similar to the systems and fundamentals they teach in college. They get pushed, get a a lot of reps, and face great athletes and good teams every week. David feels that will help prepare him for college.

GoJackets.com asked David a few questions regarding his recruitment and here's what he had to say:

What schools would you like to hear from when the recruiting period starts September 1st?

Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Ole Miss and Florida

What schools have already begun contacting you?

Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, LSU, Oregon, New Mexico, Kansas State, Texas Tech, North Carolina

What criteria are you using for selecting a school?

Coaching staff is very important. I know football is a business, but I also want to play for coaches that are approachable and care about your development as a person. I will consider tradition and prefer a school with exciting game day atmosphere. Academics, location and student life are important factors. I want my parents and friends to see me play.

I know you've mentioned making an early decision prior to the start of your senior season. Will you wait until the spring to visit the schools that have expressed an interest in you?

I will wait until I have all the information to fairly consider the schools that are interested in me. I start wrestling as soon as football ends, so I am busy during the winter. An early commit is nice but not vital. It will take some time to gather the information, discuss it with my parents and think it over. When I commit, I am giving my word so it means something.

Do you pattern your play after anyone?

Not any single athlete, but I like the intensity and dedication of Ray Lewis. I enjoy watching old highlights of Dick Butkus, who was physical and ruled the middle, and Lawrence Taylor, who changed the prototype of linebackers. One of my favorite Tech players is Keith Brooking, who is always around the ball. All great players get blocked, they just don't stay blocked. In most cases, coaches look to linebackers to be the leaders who create energy for the defense. It is not enough in today's game of spread offenses to be either physical or athletic, you have to have a balance of both, and work equally as hard at both.

Tell our subscribers what camps you went to this spring and summer and your impressions of your visits.

Alabama - great tradition and commitment to winning.

North Carolina - Impressed with the campus, facilities and coaching staff. Butch Davis is a great head coach and Tommy Thigpen would be the kind of position coach I could develop under. I am from North Carolina, so I have friends there.

Texas A&M - A&M has fantastic support, is close to home and has the best student body support in the country. They offer a great degree and their football facilities are first rate. Lots of Westlake players have gone there and done well.

Georgia Tech - Coach Johnson is a proven winner and will win at Tech, and do it the right way. The defensive coaches - linebackers coach Jean-Mary and defensive coordinator Wommack, are great. I really connected with Coach Todd Spencer. Coach Spencer knows Texas and respects the level of high school play here, particularly at Westlake. Coach Spencer took the time to understand me as a person, and did not care about my being an underclassmen. I attended a one day camp, and the staff was extremely professional and well organized. Tech offers a great education, and I have family in Atlanta which would make it easier to go out of state.

What are your current stats - height, weight, 40 time, etc?

6-2, 1/2, 225, 4.8 40 and 4.2 pro shuttle, bench press 300.

Stay tuned to GoJackets.com as we will continue to follow the recruitment of this rising star in the Class of 2010.

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