Philly OL Durant Earns Rutgers Offer

The final camp weekend of the year for Rutgers resulted in a scholarship offer for offensive lineman Yasir Durant out of Philadelphia Imhotep. Durant spoke with Scout about the offer, experiences at Rutgers and when to expect a decision.

Philadelphia Imhotep Charter offensive lineman Nasir Durant earned a Rutgers offer when he and teammates visited for a workout during Saturday’s passing camp.

Durant, who already holds offers from Arizona State, Illinois and Temple, enjoyed a visit to the Rutgers campus that ended in an office, he said.

“I’ve been to Rutgers before for a spring practice, but me Johncarlo [Valentin] and Jahmir Johnson are all on the same team,” Durant said. “They wanted all three of us up there to work out with coach Mitch Browning. We met coach Browning when we first go there, but during the workout he wasn’t there. We went up to his office after.”

The workout covered a wide range of activities, Durant said, and resulted in his offer.

“We did some run blocking and pass blocking,” he said. “I think I impressed the coaches with both. Coach Mitch kept on complimenting me with my pass blocking.”

Durant’s day ended when he met with head coach Kyle Flood in his office.

“Coach Flood talked to us one-on-one,” Durant said. “When I was talking to him, he just told me he wanted to give me a scholarship and he’d be excited to get me there.

“ … I was excited because I’ve really liked Rutgers since I first went up there. I was excited. It’s a very big chance that I could play at Rutgers.”

The offensive lineman toured the Rutgers campus while more than 100 teams competed for a 7-on-7 title throughout the day.

“I like their stadium, and I saw the new wall [inside the Hale Center] that they built,” Durant said. “That was really cool. I talked to their equipment manager (Mike Kuzniak), and he told us about how they’re one of the only teams in the country that gives out as much gear as they do. That was nice.”

Arizona State likely hosts Durant before the season starts, where the lineman looks forward to seeing high school teammate DeAndre Scott. Durant wants multiple official visits on his schedule before an October or November commitment.

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