Durham Visits Bucks, Then Heads To Hawaii

Charlotte (NC) Christian senior linebacker David Durham has just completed a whirlwind tour which saw him take his official visit to Ohio State, then head to Hawaii for a post season all-star game. Durham, who committed to Ohio State last winter, checked in with Bill Greene upon his return home.

Charlotte (NC) Christian senior linebacker David Durham took his official visit to Ohio State two weekends ago, then immediately headed to Hawaii to play in the Aloha Prep Bowl.

Durham, who committed to Ohio State in February, had a great season at Charlotte Christian and will be enrolling in June.

"I had a great time at Ohio State two weeks ago," Durham stated. "My host was Johnny Simon and he was a great guy to be with. It was good to speak to him because he got on the field as a true freshman. He told me what he did to be ready to play, and I'm going to do the same thing. We also hung out with Zach Boren, Boom Herron and Dorian Bell, and it was good hearing about their experiences. Of the incoming freshmen, I spent the most time with Scott McVey. It was just a great weekend at Ohio State."

He also was able to meet with the Buckeye coaching staff, especially his position coach, Luke Fickell, and head coach Jim Tressel.

"The coaching staff was with us the majority of the time we were there," he said. "They ate with us at every meal. Coach Fickell said I need to be ready to play strong-side linebacker or middle linebacker. At practice he told me to watch the "Leo" position, and I might be playing there, so I concentrated on Thad Gibson and Nathan Williams. Coach(Jim) Tressel told me they put people on the field where they can make plays. I think I fit in great at the "Leo" spot, and I think I'm a similar player to Nathan(Williams). I just want to get on the field and contribute. I weigh 225-pounds right now and I think I can get a lot stronger after wrestling is over."

After leaving Columbus, Durham headed straight to Hawaii to play in the Aloha Prep Bowl, where he was teammates with current Buckeye recruit Sharrif Floyd, of Philadelphia George Washington.

"The best of being in Hawaii was being around all the great players and seeing the fantastic sights," Durham reported. "I spent a lot of time around Sharrif Floyd, and he was a better person than anyone could imagine. He never said where he was going to school but I feel like we became good friends over there, and hopefully we'll be teammates at Ohio State. He is probably the best football player I've ever been around, and I've played with, and against, some great ones. He's going to play on Sunday some day, because he's a beast."

"It was mostly all football out there, but we spent a lot of time at the beach," he stated. "I had a lot of fun and we all had a great time. The Hawaiian people have a lot of pride in their football, so it was a tough game. I'm glad to be home so I can get started in wrestling. Then I'm going to start working out and preparing to play for Ohio State. I will be there in June and I'm coming in trying to get my way onto the field in whatever role they have for me."


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