After giving his commitment to the Michigan State coaches Thursday night, Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline quarterback Chris Durkin spent a night in East Lansing before heading home. Friday morning he recounted the visit that led to his decision to become a Spartan.
"It kind of just happened when I was there," Durkin said. "I checked everything out, met with the academic advisors, met with the [coaching] staff and going to practice sold me. I could picture myself playing there and everything I saw yesterday was a big part of my decision."
The commitment ends a whirlwind last few months for the 6-foot-4, 216-pound quarterback. Scholarship offers had come in from close to a dozen schools, and he was able to see many of those programs in-person. But Durkin is glad now to be able to transition from recruit to commit.
"We weren't trying to shoot for 30 offers, we were just trying to find the school that fits me best. We found that school and I am happy all that recruiting is over now and I can focus on my schoolwork again, my team and just have this out of the way."
Thursday's visit was the first trip to East Lansing for Durkin since he attended the Spartans' game against Ohio State last fall. This trip gave him more time to see the campus, and see how he fit with the players on the team.
"I was with one of the quarterbacks the first night I was there. Then I hung out with a few of the tight ends yesterday," Durkin said. "They said the teachers are willing to help you, the tutors are second to none and it is just a great school, a great football program to be in. Once you are up there you become part of that family and everyone up there looks after you."
Durkin joins a 2014 commitment list that includes linebackers Byron Bullough and Deon Drake. He plans to play a part in helping to grow that list in the coming months.
"There is a list of guys I want to start talking to -- a few skill guys I want to let know what they have up here and just starting building relationships with everybody," Durkin said.
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