Despite his 5-foot-8 and 165 pound frame, junior running back Julian Durden of McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour has developed himself into one of the top backs in Pennsylvania. One in-state school has already offered Durden, and several other top programs are also hot on his trail.
"Recruiting is ok," said Durden. "I got an offer from Pitt, and that's a blessing."
The Pittsburgh offer came approximately a month ago.
"I think Pitt is a great program," said Durden. "I've been a fan since I started playing ball. Every team goes through a rebuilding stage and I feel that's what Pitt is going through now."
Aside from Pittsburgh, several other programs are showing serious interest.
"Northwestern and Penn State send me letters all the time," said Durden. "Maryland is showing interest too. Some other schools I heard by ear, but I didn't receive letters."
This fall, Durden attended games at both Pittsburgh and West Virginia.
"This gave me a look at how many people come out to support their teams and how the energy in the stadium is during the games," said Durden, who has no other visits planned at this time.
On the field, Durden put together an impressive season with 2,033 yards and 27 touchdowns on 263 carries.
"I think I helped my team out a lot this year," said Durden. "But I feel that there is still hard work that needs to be done. I want to improve my blocking, my speed, strength and agility. Catching out of the back field too."