Random Connection Leads to UNC Visit for Coney Durr

The Minnesota pledge is set to officially visit North Carolina.

Coney Durr’s commitment to Minnesota is hardly a month old. But, the Geismar (La.) Dutchtown cornerback is scheduled to officially visit North Carolina this weekend.

“I want to weigh my options and look at other schools,” Durr said. “You can’t go wrong from seeing what another school has to offer. I’m still committed to Minnesota. [The UNC official visit] is just to see what they have to offer for me academically and athletically.”

In his defense, Durr didn’t first hear from UNC until after his Minnesota commitment. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder pledged to the Golden Golphers on Dec. 12 and then Charlton Warren, the Tar Heels’ secondary coach, reached out just before Christmas via Twitter.

A fortuitous connection brought Warren and Durr, who lives outside of UNC’s typical recruiting footprint, together.

“Coach Warren just hit me up,” Durr said. “I know one of his family members. His cousin is a coach from 7-on-7. I guess they talked to each other [about me].”

Over a dozen FBS programs have offered Durr a scholarship. UNC is not one of them.

“[Warren] said that when I get up there, they will offer me,” Durr said. “He hasn’t seen me [in person], yet. So, when I get up there, they’ll offer me.”

Besides leaving with an offer, Durr is looking to learn a lot about UNC during his weekend stay. It will be his first trip to NC.

“I know a little bit about Carolina, but not a whole lot,” Durr said. “I know it’s a huge academic school, so I want to see what it has to offer me academically, like what I’ll be majoring in. And athletically, I want to see how I could fit into their scheme and depth wise. And I want to be around the program, meet the coaches, and get a vibe for the school.”

In his secondary, Warren sees Durr as a cornerback.

“He told me that they really like me and I could be that last corner that they take in,” Durr said. 

Durr ended his senior campaign with 85 tackles, five forced fumbles, and an interception. He also scored two special teams touchdowns.

Leading up to his commitment, Durr took official visits to Kansas State and Minnesota. Both trips took place in October and allowed him to catch games in Manhattan (a 52-45 loss to TCU) and Minneapolis (a 29-26 loss to Michigan).

Beyond this weekend, Durr doesn’t have any official visits scheduled.

“Only time will tell [if I’ll take additional official visits],” Durr said.

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