LB Brandon Durant 6'1" 205 4.49 Copperas Cove (TX)
During each of the four seasons that Brandon Durant played for Coach Jack Welch at Copperas Cove, his team reached the state playoffs, including his freshman season in 2007, when Copperas Cove advanced to the state championship game.
In 2010, as a senior, Durant was named 1st-Team All-State, 1st-Team All-District, and All-Area, as well as being named his team's MVP, after recording an amazing 182 tackles, including 6 tackles for loss,
and 3 sacks. As a junior, Durant garnered 162 tackles, including 9 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. And as a sophomore, Durant made 85 tackles.
He also ran track for Copperas Cove, and was a district champion as a junior, after being a regional qualifier as a freshman and sophomore. During recent testing, Durant's vertical jump was measured at 36", and he bench pressed 285 pounds.
Durant, who enjoys going to the movies, playing games, and hanging out with his friends, is a two-time 1st-Team Academic All-District honoree, with a 4.0 GPA, who wants to study in Missouri's School of Business.
Following his visit to Missouri last fall, Durant had said that, "It just felt like family." After he had talked it over with his parents, Donald and Grace Durant, Brandon chose Missouri over Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and UTEP, among others.
Barry Odom was the primary recruiter for Brandon Durant. He talked about the speedy LB.
"You're going to see a lot of comparisons between (Brandon Durant) and Clarence Green," said Coach Odom. "He'll be an outside linebacker for us. He's has the skill set, the speed and athleticism, that we need at that position, and he's going to help us out............................ We're excited to have him in our program. He's going to be really exciting to watch over the next 4-5 years."
"I think he's really good," said Coach Dave Steckel. "I think he's in the mold of a (Zaviar) Gooden, because he played safety. And, we're projecting him to move forward, move up to linebacker, in our scheme. (He's a) very fast player, very athletic. Great change of direction. So, I'm really excited about him."
JP's Take- Brandon seems to fit the mold of the type of players the Tiger staff looks for in it's linebackers. He is athletic, can run and is smart and understands the game. Prototype outside linebacker with speed that can be used to get into the backfield,cover backs and tight ends or run down plays across the field. He could play the weak side or strong side at linebacker. Physical and likes to hit. Just makes plays as proven by his high number of tackles recorded in high school.
Greg's Take - Durant projects as an outside linebacker, in Missouri's 4-3 defense. He has great size/speed ratio, and is very athletic, and just amazingly productive. He's a play maker. It appears to me that he doesn't just run fast, but that he's also pretty quick at diagnosing the play, and getting through traffic to track down the ball-carrier.
Brandon Durant Senior Highlights