April 13, 2010

Durkin has Colorado State ties

Tinley Park (Ill.) Offensive Center Tony Durkin is seeing his stock rise as the recruiting season kicks into the spring season. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Durkin holds five scholarship offers after a season that saw the Andrew High School Thunderbolts go 6-3.

"I feel like I can move pretty well for a big man," Durkin said. "I finish my blocks and I play maybe a little bit after the whistle. I play hard every play. I want to make sure my guy doesn't beat me and hopefully everyone else is holding the rope in the same direction."

Durkin holds scholarship offers from Air Force, Ball State, Illinois State, Eastern Michigan and Colorado State. The scholarship offer from Colorado State comes as a result of Durkin's head coach, Jim Zimmer, being the brother of former Bollingbrook (Ill.) head coach Bill Zimmer, himself a former Ram. Durkin said Colorado State Offensive Line Coach Pat Meyer is recruiting him to Fort Collins.

"I am excited about getting out there (to Fort Collins for a visit)," Durkin said. "It was good to see he (Meyer) is the guy who is recruiting me and he would also be my position coach. They are recruiting me as a center, which is good. I don't have to adapt too much for the next level. It seems like the players like him. When I talked to him he was having the offensive line out to his house. Plus, he has offensive line pride, which you need.

"I really like Colorado State from looking at the Web site and seeing all the new things they have going on there," he added.

The All-Conference selection said he has already visited Illinois State and Ball State. While Illinois State didn't impress him, he did enjoy Ball State and has a friend who attends college at Ball State.

"I really like Ball State right now," he said. "When I visited there, they had nice facilities and they are building an indoor facility. The campus isn't too big, but it isn't really small where there aren't a lot of kids. They have a good education program which I want to go into."

Durkin said he is also planning on visiting the Air Force Academy as well as Colorado State. He is also hearing from Colorado, North Carolina State, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Wyoming, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska.

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