Summer Of Transition For Durham

Ohio State fans were pleased to land a hard-nosed Texan for the team's class of 2010 when linebacker David Durham committed to the Buckeyes in February. Although he is the same player he was five months ago, find out why OSU fans might have to slightly adjust their expectations for Durham.

David Durham is proving that you can go home again.

After growing up in Charlotte, N.C., the future Ohio State linebacker and his family members undertook a cross-country move to Texas after his father's job was transferred there. Once he reached the high school ranks, Durham settled in at Austin Westlake and became a nationally recruited linebacker.

Now, as he prepares for his senior season, Durham finds himself back in his hometown of Charlotte after his father's job was sent back to his old stomping grounds. After moving back June 30th, Durham is now focused on simultaneously assimilating into his (sort of) new teammates and preparing for his senior season.

"The transition has been great," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I've kept in touch with a lot of my friends who are here over the years and we've been working really hard to transition in well with my new team. We're playing a lot of 7-on-7 and working out, lifting and running every day."

Although the 6-2, 226-pound Durham said that the players in Texas were a little bigger than the new ones he will be facing at Charlotte Christian School, he added that players in North Carolina seem to have a little more speed than their Texan counterparts.

One other adjustment Durham will be making will be a part-time move to the offensive side of the ball.

"I play as an H-back, like a tight end but it's a spread so it's an H-back," he said. "They say (they'll throw to me), but I don't know. Maybe they just want me as a blocker, but I'll do what they want me to do. I can catch the football, so if they want to throw it to me, I'm there."

As a freshman at Westlake, Durham played tight end until he was called up to varsity for his sophomore season. Expecting to remain at that position, he was surprised – and excited – to learn that he would be switched to linebacker.

"I always liked defense better so I was happy about that," he said.

Durham said he has approached the chance to work on offense with open arms as he grows more accustomed to his new teammates. He is familiar with some fellow members of the senior class due to his time already spent in Charlotte, and that has helped, he said.

"It can be a little tough transitioning into a new team where they have already been playing together for three years of high school and you're the new guy, but I feel like they've accepted me really well," he said. "We have a lot of fun. It's been a pretty smooth transition."

Scout.com ranks Durham as the No. 15 player in North Carolina and the No. 55 outside linebacker in the country.

Prior to issuing a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes in late February, Durham was receiving interest from schools such as Virginia and West Virginia who had offered him scholarships. Now that the dust has settled from his commitment, Durham said a few schools are still hanging around.

"Stanford and Virginia are still recruiting me pretty hard," he said. "I get a few things from them and all the teams that offered me, I get things from them every now and then but not really. It's kind of slowed down, but maybe that's just because of the summer. I'm really not paying much attention to it. I'm just focused on my teammates right now and my senior season and winning a state championship here.

"I'm a Buckeye all the way."

Asked about earlier rumors that he was considering taking an official visit to a school besides OSU, Durham said, "No. I won't be taking any other official visits."

It appears that fans who might be worried about Durham playing his football anywhere besides Columbus have nothing to fear.

When asked if there is pressure to stay within North Carolina, Durham said, "Yeah, but my head coach is a big Buckeye fan so he's definitely not going to give me a hard time about it. Obviously a lot of people would like to see me go to North Carolina or Duke or Wake (Forest), but at the same time they understand that Ohio State is second to none as far as the football program and the school itself. They're all pretty proud of me and don't give me too much of a hard time about it."


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