After amassing over 2,000 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior, running back Julian Durden is eager to kick off his senior season. This Friday, he takes on a Chartiers Valley team led by three-star prospect Wayne Capers.
"There's so much energy because the majority of our team is seniors," Durden said. "We have to do it this year. It's a lot of energy. It's a great feeling. Our starting lineup, it's pretty much the same. There's just some places where people switch positions; people are going offense and defense. You're going to hear some younger players names this year. Most of the changes come from the defense."
Durden recently added a sixth offer, but says that recruiting will be put on hold as he gets his senior season underway.
"After I take a couple tests I need to, I'm going to take a couple of visits to a couple colleges," Durden said. "I just got offered by Buffalo. That makes six offers now; Ohio, Pitt, Youngstown State, Buffalo, Kent State, Temple."
Pitt had extended an offer early, but Durden hasn't heard from the Panthers for awhile.
"I actually haven't been down there in awhile," Durden added. "I called them to set up a meeting, and they never got back to me. Stuff happens; different things go different types of ways. I'm just looking for a college that is interested in me and willing to give me that chance.
"I'm not really looking at the big names of the schools. I'm not going to go to a place like Pitt and sit on the bench. I want to go somewhere where I fit in, where I'm comfortable, and maybe have a chance to play early. On top of that, my education. A big name isn't something that's standing out to me."
For now, though, Durden is getting set for a senior season that includes a big game every week. Players like Rushel Shell and talented junior receiver Robert Foster also reside in his conference. Durden says there are no games to look past this year in the Parkway Conference.
"I think that's what makes this conference so special," Durden said. "Most teams, every week is not a big game. For us, every week is a big game. Anything can happen with any of the teams we play. Any team has the coaching or the players to make things happen."