VAUGHT: Brad Durham attracting attention

Rockcastle County junior offensive lineman Brad Durham has been attracting a lot of major college attention and figures to attract even more the next few months.

Rockcastle County junior offensive lineman Brad Durham has been attracting a lot of major college attention and figures to attract even more the next few months.

The 6-5, 300-pound Durham can run the 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds and Rockcastle assistant coach Chris Larkey says he also has excellent agility and strength. If that's not enough, he's already made the necessary score on his college entrance test to meet freshman eligibility requirements. And he doesn't even turn 17 until next month.

Kentucky was the first school to offer Durham a scholarship following his visit for a junior day recently. However, he also has Louisville and Tennessee among his top three schools today.

"He has a world of potential. He used to play basketball, but he stopped so he could lift weights and get stronger," Larkey said. "He moves well. He is real quick on his feet."

A former Rockcastle teammate, Jason Leger, plays at Kentucky. Larkey says he isn't sure how much of a factor that will be with Durham. Durham's family originally is from Rockcastle but moved to Indiana. They did not return until Durham was ready to start high school.

"Jason was a senior when he was a freshman and used to beat up on him in practice pretty good," Larkey said. "They are friends, but not close friends. Brad likes Louisville probably more than any team right now, but they have not offered. We have talked about the pros and cons of Louisville and Kentucky. Kentucky is in the SEC and closer to home. That's a plus for UK."

Durham went to Tennessee's camp last summer. He has been to camp at Kentucky. Larkey isn't sure where he'll go this season because schools like Notre Dame and Michigan have started sending information to him.

Durham played offensive tackle and defensive end last year. Larkey says he'll do double duty again this year. "We like to use our best players both ways and we also think it makes him a better player," Larkey said.


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