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Coaching changes affect 2012 RB

McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour junior running back [db]Julian Durden[/db] received a verbal offer from Pitt earlier this year but he isn't sure where he stands with the Panthers now that there has been a coaching change.
The exit of Dave Wannstedt and the entry of Mike Haywood as head coach of Pitt has had a far reaching impact on the program and the recruiting scene has been in flux ever since the news of Wannstedt's departure broke.
While most of the focus has been on the immediate impact with Class of 2011 recruits, and more specifically those prospects already committed to Pitt, the coaching change will have an impact on recruits down the road.
"I haven't talked to anybody about it so I'm not sure what's going on with Pitt," Durden explained.
"I was surprised but at the same time I knew it was going to happen. I've heard a couple of things about him (Haywood) just from what my coach has told me. I'm definitely still interested in Pitt."
Maryland is another school that has been recruiting the 5-foot-8, 165-pound running back. Ralph Friedgen has now coached his last game for the Terrapins and Maryland's future is up in the air.
Durden hadn't received a verbal offer from Maryland but who they decide to hire should have a big impact on their chances with Durden.
Northwestern is another school that has been showing a lot of interest in Durden and their coaching situation appears to be much more stable.
This fall Durden rushed for 2,033 yards and 27 touchdowns. He said he will soon be visiting some schools but he doesn't know where he will be going yet.
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