Badgers Drop in On Durham

After taking the time to visit Wisconsin during the Badgers' spring game, Cincinnati fullback Trayion Durham gets a visit from Wisconsin. Combine his numbers, his work ethic and his rankings, there is little doubt as to why Durham is the top fullback in the country.

MADISON - Trayion Durham admits to not pay attention to the rankings of national recruiting sites. But when he heard the rumor and saw first hand that Scout ranked him the top fullback in the nation, Durham became a believer in the system.

"I do try to look at it (now)," he told Badger Nation with a laugh. "I get inspired when I see that. It makes me want to work harder."

Despite being classified as a fullback, many programs view Durham as a bruising running back that can pick a fight with any size player on the field. After emerging in 2008 when he rushed for 1,032 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore, Durham (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) rushed for 1,113 yards and scored 14 touchdowns, making the Colerain High School rushing offense one of the best in Cincinnati.

"I am a fullback, running back and linebacker," Durham said. "I can play either way. I like running back and that's what makes me a fullback-type player. I like to hit the hole and hit some people."

The versatility didn't come overnight for Durham. Spending time perfecting his game, Durham has crafted his speed and increased his hitting power by doing an impressive workout regiment. Saying he has worked twice as hard this offseason as any other, Durham lifts year around to build strength to take on opposing linebackers and defensive linemen and runs hills to craft his speed to run away from the secondary.

"I do anything I can to make myself become a well-rounded player," he said.

Durham is being courted as a tailback by Joe Rudolph, Wisconsin's Tight End Coach that has grabbed 10 recruits from Ohio and Pennsylvania the last two recruiting cycles, and is one of the top targets on Wisconsin's board, which was evident by Rudolph's scheduled visit, along with Running Back John Settle, to Durham's school Monday.

"It's a good program and he said when I take my official visit, he's going to show me more about the program," Durham said. "He gives off a real good feel."

So does Wisconsin's program, which Durham took the time to travel to during April, getting a tour of the facilities and having a prime seat to watch the Badgers' spring game.

"It was a good program and when that first game comes, I am going to try and be there and feel the atmosphere," he said. "The spring game was fun but a real game I've heard is crazy. I liked it. It's a good thing up (in Madison)."

After having offers from Colorado, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin, Durham has added Boston College, Cincinnati, Louisville and Ohio over the past weeks, but the offer from the Badgers seems to be a little bit higher in his personal rankings.

"I like these other schools to, but I think Wisconsin is my best offer right now," Durham said. "I looked at Wisconsin's playbook and other school's playbooks. I like that Wisconsin runs the ball and I want to go to a school that the running back gets a lot of plays. I want an offense that will help me grow as a player."

Hoping to make his decision by the start of fall, Durham's summer plans include more time in the weight room, running on the hill and taking another closer look at the Badgers.

"I am probably going to visit the Wisconsin camp, see the schools close by and visit all the camps at the schools I've got offers from at the moment.

"I am hoping (to go to Wisconsin) to show the coaches what I really can do."

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