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Montour RB Julian Durden generating D-1 interest

Written by: on Sunday, February 27th, 2011

The Montour Spartans return one of the WPIAL Class AAA’s most veteran and experienced teams in 2011, including a few potential Division-1 prospects. One of those prospects is senior-to-be Julian Durden.

Durden, a 5’8, 170-pound athlete, has received a verbal offer from Pitt as well as interest from programs like Cincinnati, Maryland, Northwestern, Penn State and West Virginia, according to national recruiting service Scout.com. In addition to Durden, quarterback Dillon Buechel and lineman Domenic Martinelli are also receiving Division-1 attention.

Durden had a breakout junior season for the Spartans last season, running for 2,033 yards and 25 touchdowns on 263 carries and catching another 15 passes for 216 yards and one additional touchdown. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry and 14.4 yards per reception, running for 100+ yards in 11 of Montour’s 13 games (including three 200+-yard performances) and finishing seven games with multiple rushing touchdowns.

In the last two seasons, Durden has run for 2,987 yards and scored 40 rushing touchdowns. As a sophomore at Pittsburgh North Catholic High School, Durden ran for 952 yards and 15 touchdowns, helping the Trojans reach the WPIAL Class A semifinals, falling to Rochester.

Montour finished the 2010 season 12-1 overall, reaching the WPIAL AAA championship game for the second time since 2007. The Spartans were eliminated by Central Valley, 24-7.

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