Durham Names A Leader

Picking up two new scholarship offers, Trayion Durham is up to 10 offers and having trouble narrowing it down to a top five. The only thing that Durham does know is what school is at the top of his list.

MADISON - Although he is listed as Scout.com's top fullback in the country, Trayion Durham has gone on record saying he wants to be a running back at the collegiate level.

His statistics and scholarship interest has backed that up. Rushing for 1,113 yards and 14 touchdowns his junior season, Durham (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) continues to reel in new offers, adding Kentucky and N.C. State to a list that includes Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

"Kentucky came in over a month ago," Durham told Badger Nation. "I talked to one of the coaches and they liked my film. All the schools recruiting me have offered me as a running back."

With Durham up to double digits, he's become the near impossible task of narrowing down a firm list.

"It's kind of hard but if I had to pick, I would say Wisconsin, Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati and Minnesota would be it," Durham said. "Other schools have been coming in. Purdue, Ball State, Oregon, Stanford, Kansas and Alabama have come in. No offers though."

Wisconsin had stayed pro active recruiting Durham, sending Joe Rudolph (Durham's recruiting coach) and John Settle (potentially Durham's position coach) to Colerain High School in order to continue to pitch Durham and what the running back position can do for a player with aspirations of playing at the next level.

"They've talked to me about how Wisconsin runs its running plays and how its running game is a lot like an NFL running game," Durham said. "Watching them, it looks like it really prepares you to play at the next level."

That's the main reason, according to Durham, that Wisconsin is still the school that is on the top of his list.

"With them running the ball that much, I know I am going to get some carries," Durham said. "I still want to take some official visits. I am thinking I am going to make my decision by the end of the summer."

It's been a busy summer so far for Durham, who has spent the early weeks working on increasing his burst, adding some power in his steps and fine tuning different aspects of his game on the field and in the weight room.

"I've been hitting the weight room at least four times a week," Durham said. "On the weekends, we go into the weight room as a team and work together. Recruiting has been a little quiet, so I have been able to work."

When asked what it would take to supplant the Badgers from the top of his list, Durham pointed directly at playing time.

"Probably like a depth chart that is empty or is full of all seniors that are about to gradate," Durham said. "I want to be able to commit myself to working hard and to that school.

"The coaches (at Wisconsin) told me that I can come in and compete right away. It feels good knowing that I can come in and compete in the Big Ten."

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