Durham Enjoyed Trip To Ohio State

With a record crowd on hand to take in Ohio State's spring game, there were also a large number of recruits in the house. David Durham, a verbal member of the class of 2010, offered his thoughts on his time in Columbus, who he met and what he will take out of the weekend.

He might not have been on the field, but David Durham now has a better understanding of what it is like playing football at Ohio State.

The linebacker from Austin (Texas) Westlake issued his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes a little more than two months ago, and Durham made an unofficial visit to Columbus to take in a spring practice and the team's annual spring game.

The experience only helped to sharpen his resolve to become a Buckeye.

"Oh man, it's the best atmosphere for college football in the country," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "No other spring games have that many people. Already I signed some autographs. That just shows that kind of fan support they have up there. I can't wait to get out and actually be playing on that field one day."

Durham arrived in Columbus in the evening of April 23 and took in the following day's practice. While there, he spent time with fellow recruits Jordan Hicks, Lamarcus Joyner, Cody Riggs and Keion Payne. Both he and Hicks spent time with OSU head coach Jim Tressel before the practice began, and Durham said he plans to try to recruit the entire group to follow him to Columbus.

Listed at 6-2, 226 pounds, Durham is being targeted by the Buckeyes to play a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position currently occupied by Thaddeus Gibson and similar to the one previously held by Bobby Carpenter. While in town, Durham said he spent time going over film with linebackers coach Luke Fickell.

"I feel really blessed to have such a good relationship with him," Durham said. "He's a class act all around. We got to watch film and talk a little bit about what I would be doing up there. I got to get to know him more on a personal level."

Durham said he was impressed with the amount of time Fickell was willing to devote to him and his father, who accompanied him on the trip.

"It definitely makes you appreciate what they're doing a lot more," he said. "Him taking that time out of his day just to spend with me and my dad, that just shows how much he cares. He went out to eat with us twice that day. He's taken a lot of time out and it shows that he's trying to build a strong relationship with me before I get up there. That's a real positive thing for me."

The Buckeyes landed a verbal commitment at the spring game from Cleveland St. Ignatius linebacker Scott McVey. Durham said the OSU coaches visualize him playing the "star" position in the Buckeye defense, a hybrid linebacker/safety position currently occupied by Tyler Moeller.

Before the game started, Durham and many of the other recruits in attendance were besieged by fans in the stands wanting their autographs.

"I didn't know how many people actually knew who I was, but they knew my name," he said. "It makes you feel great that you're able to do those things and make a positive impact on people. That might be the highlight of their day, getting autographs, so it makes you feel really good about yourself."

Durham said he got to meet a number of members of OSU's class of 2009 and came away impressed with the physical appearance of Louisville (Ky.) Trinity linebacker Jordan Whiting. In addition, he got to meet a future Buckeye who also hails from Texas.

"I really liked Kenny Guiton from Houston," Durham said. "He's another Texas guy. He's a guy I tried to spend a lot of time with and made a little friendship with, I think, in the short time I was up there. That's somebody that definitely had a positive impact on me."

After arriving back home Sunday afternoon, Durham said the biggest positive he will take out of the weekend is the sense of family and community he felt while in Columbus.

"The best part was just being able to spend time with the guys," he said. "A lot of guys from the class ahead of me were up there and a lot of guys that are on the team, and that was definitely the best thing for me."

Since his commitment to the Buckeyes, Durham said he continues to receive interest from Stanford and Virginia, two defenses that have a need for a combination end/linebacker player like him. However, the as-yet unranked prospect said he is firmly committed to OSU and looking forward to his future there.

"I'm really blessed to be a Buckeye and be a part of the best program in the nation," he said. "I'm getting ready to get up there and beat Michigan, beat Penn State and all the guys in the Big Ten.

"We want to have the best recruiting class and we want to win a national championship. Obviously that's the main goal when we get up there, to win a national championship every year."

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