When Badger Nation reported in June that Durham (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) had named Wisconsin as his top school, there were reasons to be excited. Hailing from Colerain (Cincinnati) High, Durham – ranked as the No.3 fullback in the country by Scout.com - rushed for 1,113 yards and 14 touchdowns his junior season, and grabbed scholarship offers all over the country.
Over a month later and with plenty of schools still showing interest, Durham hasn't altered his list.
"A lot of schools have been talking to me and sending me mail, but Wisconsin and Cincinnati have been recruiting me the hardest," Durham said. "Wisconsin is still my favorite and Cincinnati is second."
"I like that they (Wisconsin) would put plays in for me and make up plays for me to fit into the offense. Coach Settle has been talking to me about how my agility can work well in the conference."
Even when Durham starts talking about the Bearcats, he can't help but instinctively bring Wisconsin into the equation.
"Cincinnati is close to home and they use the running back to win games," Durham said. "Like Wisconsin, if they are winning, they like to run the ball to earn the win."
Durham hasn't etched out his plans for official visits, but is planning on taking an official visit Wisconsin for one of the Badgers' first home games.
"I am excited to see Wisconsin play a game and talk to the coaching staff, find out how much they want me to be there and how much they really like me," Durham said. "It's going to be fun to see that running game."
In addition to taking a closer look at Madison, Durham is hoping that a busy summer of hill running, lifting and chemistry building will pay off for him and his high school team, who have spent the off season fine tuning their games in hopes for a state championship run.
"I feel ready to get going," Durham said in regards to his senior season. "Everything has been going real good with my teammates working together. My high school goal is to win a state championship and really help my team as a player and leader. I want to lead by example. My college goals are going to pick the college that is best for me and just fit into the offense."