Wyoming Lands Seventh Commit of 2008

Iowa all-state linebacker Ben Durbin became the seventh high school football player to commit to the Cowboys for the 2008 season. Durbin, a senior at Gilbert Junior-Senior High School in Gilbert, Iowa, told CowboyBlitz in an email today that he gave UW a verbal commitment "two nights ago."

Despite being recruited by a number of Midwest schools, UW was the only division one program to offer Durbin a scholarship, and that was one of the reasons the 6-foot-2, 219-pound linebacker gave for being so "high on Wyoming."

A tough defender with great instincts and a knack for shedding blockers, Durbin began moving up schools' recruiting lists after performing well at several summer football camps.

Wyoming Head Coach Joe Glenn offered the standout a scholarship after seeing his junior season highlight film. Durbin responded with a visit to Laramie earlier this summer where he talked to Wyoming coaches for "six hours."

For Glenn, Durbin's commitment marks the first verbal from a linebacker of the 2008 class and the fourth defensive player overall. Wyoming coaches hope it will also be the beginning of more recruits to come from the Midwest.

"Coach (Mike) Breske already has me working," Durbin told CowboyBlitz today, "recruiting for him in the state of Iowa."

In addition to Durbin, the Cowboys have received commitments from three Colorado defensive ends: Dylan Kildahl, Cory Orth and Nick Williams. Indiana offensive tackle Kyle Magnuson, Illinois wide receiver Justin Morgan and Wyoming offensive tackle Jim Downs have all given the Pokes a verbal as well.

Durbin racked up 104 tackles, eight sacks, and 19 tackles for a loss during a junior season in which he received All-State, All-Mid Iowa, and All-District honors.

For more information about Durbin, including his comments from our most recent interview, click here

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