Durden Rules Out Northwestern

Durden Rules Out Northwestern

With an offer on the table and plenty of interest coming in, three-star running back Julian Durden has begun to narrow down his choices.

The McKees Rock, Pennsylvania native has been receiving interest from Northwestern as well as Pittsburgh, Maryland, Cincinnati, and others. But Durden said he only will attend a school that is close to home, which rules out the Wildcats.

"I don't want to go too far away from where I live," said Durden of his future decision. "I want my family and friends to see me play. The school that I pick will be close to where I live."

Durden said he knows a lot about the Wildcats, and is impressed by their program, but being in Evanston would be too far away from home.

Thus far, Durden holds just one offer, coming from the Pittsburgh Panthers. On Thursday, the running back will be at Pittsburgh's Peterson Events Center to see Pitt play West Virginia in the "Backyard Brawl".

While Durden does not have a chosen school, he has already selected his desired major: Kinesiology, which is the study of human movement.

"I've just been looking up how many of them have the major I want to major in," said Durden. "At Pitt, the major for kinesiology is called movement of science, and Maryland has kinesiology. It's all about where my parents are comfortable with me going."

With his options beginning to narrow down, Durden is beginning to look into official visits. First up is Pittsburgh on Thursday, then he plans on attending Junior Day at a few schools during the spring.

"Maryland and Pitt are on the same day," said Durden. "I think I'll go to Pitt because they've shown more interest in me, they've offered me, and I want to see more about them. I'll probably go to Maryland in the spring and same with Cincinnati."

And though Durden has not decided which school to go to, he has already decided to make his decision prior to the start of the 2011 football season.

"I plan on committing verbally before my senior season," Durden said.

As a junior, Durden rushed for 1,870 yards and 24 touchdowns, while being named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 team.

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