Three schools are after Philadelphia Imhotep offensive lineman Yasir Durant the hardest and he has two official visits set with a potential third on the way before National Signing Day.
Durant will be at San Diego State and Texas Tech the next two weekends but a recent resurgence from Rutgers under new coach Chris Ash has the local Scarlet Knights also in the mix. Durant, after a visit Friday from defensive line coach Shane Burnham, hopes for another visit to Rutgers some time before a final decision.
“It was a good visit also with [offensive line coach AJ Blazek] calling me after he got hired,” Durant said. “That was the only time I got to talk to the new coaching staff before [Friday]. Coach AJ is also going to come to my school next week. Basically, it was just fun because we talked about everything and that they still like me, they’re still interested. That was fun.”
Durant earned a Rutgers offer during a camp with the old coaching staff. He and Imhotep teammates Jahmir Johnson and Johncarlo Valentin (Oklahoma commitment) visited multiple times in the fall.
“It’s a change with [head coach Chris] Ash,” he said. “I talked with coach Burnham about it. He said the only thing that’s going to be the same about Rutgers is the outside shell of it and the education. He said when I get there for a visit, it’s going to be different inside. I can’t wait until I get down there and see what they’re building.”
San Diego State hosts Durant Jan. 22 after the staff spent a in-home and in-school visits with him Friday.
“It went great,” he said. “It was fun talking to the coaches. They were in at my school earlier so I didn’t have a ton of questions for him. It was just having a good conversation and he got to talk to my mom a lot.”
Texas Tech is in line for a Jan. 29 official visit, which means a trip to Rutgers has to come during the week.
“They had a coach at my school in late November and I hadn’t really know much about them before that,” he said. “Of course I’d heard about them but I really didn’t know much about the school. I’ve seen them play when they played LSU. Their offense is really good. They like to get the ball out of their hands fast.”