Recruit Q&A: LB Landis Durham

Three-star outside linebacker Landis Durham (Plano, Texas/East) has a lot going for him these days.

At 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, he's got the athleticism and strength to play a multitude of positions, including linebacker and defensive end. Scout has him rated as the No. 13 middle linebacker in the country.

That unique combination has landed him offers from Boise State, Boston College, Illinois, Nebraska, Nevada, SMU, TCU, Tulsa and Washington.

But he's also peaked the interest of several other high-profile programs, including the Longhorns. Durham made the trip down to Austin for Texas' first junior day on Feb. 22.

LonghornDigest caught up with him to get his thoughts on that trip to Austin, and where's he's at in the recruiting process.

First question: What schools are really expressing their interest to you right now?

"I've been in contact with TCU, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas Tech, Michigan, Penn State, Washington, Baylor and Texas."

There are a lot of athletic linebackers in the state. What do you think it is about yourself that has programs of this caliber interested in you?

"I know most of them like that I play fast. I am one of the faster guys out there I guess."

How fast are you?

"My fastest 40 time recorded was a 4.52, and I weight 225 pounds.

Where does that speed come from?

"Shoot I wasn't always playing defense. I used to play running back and some quarterback in middle school. I guess some of the athleticism carried over."

When did you make the switch over to defense?

"Defensively, I've been playing defensive end and linebacker my entire life. So when I got the call to varsity I made the switch over."

Looking forward to college, are schools looking at you at DE or LB mostly?

"I've been getting more middle linebacker but some like the hybrid position between outside linebacker and defensive end."

Do you prefer one over the other?

"I would prefer the hybrid position."

What kind of communication have you had with Texas?

"It's not bad. A couple of weekends ago I went to a junior day down there and got to walk around the campus. I got to meet the new coach and see how he is running things there. Things are pretty good between me and Texas."

Did they tell you what the next steps of the process would be concerning you?

"I think they are going to evaluate me a little more. I know they want me to make some spring practices, which I will definitely come down for."

What did you notice about Charlie Strong and the program?

"It wasn't my first time there but it was my first time meeting the new coaching staff. I like the way he is handling things. It seems like they are going to get things moving in the right direction here real soon."

What kind of communications did you have with Texas linebackers coach Brian Jean-Mary?

"We had a real good talk. He just told me how enthusiastic he wants his players to play, and how ready and willing he wants us to be out there."

Are there some schools that are standing out right now that have offered you?

"Ones that are sticking out the most are Washington, Nebraska and TCU. Washington has a really good program. We could win the Rose Bowl, which has been a dream of mine. TCU didn't have a really good defense this past year but I went there and it looks like things are going to be turned around this next year. It would be cool to play in the Big 12. And Nebraska, you know, I've heard a lot about them. They have one of the best fan bases in the NCAA so it would be nice to go up there knowing you are getting everyone's support week in and week out."

Do you plan on going anywhere in the near future?

"I am going to get a couple of more visits here soon. I will wait until the summer to go out of state. I know we are going to try to go to USC for sure. They've been in contact.

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