Panthers First To Offer Durden

Julian Durden

Julian Durden saw his season end prematurely at the WPIAL Championships, but it has not been all bad news for the talented back.

McKees Rocks (Pa.) Montour junior running back Julian Durden didn't enjoy his season coming to an end as Central Valley ended the Spartans story book season in the WPIAL Class AAA Championships.

"We knew Central Valley was a tough team," Durden said. "I don't think we were outplayed. I think we beat ourselves. We made a lot of stupid penalties and we just weren't making the plays that we had made all season."

The playoff run wasn't a total loss for Durden as it helped him pick up his first scholarship offer.

"I think right before or after the first playoff game against West Mifflin when Pittsburgh offered me," explained Durden. "I was told that I needed to call Coach (Dave) Wannstedt, so of course I did. He said they had a meeting to discuss players they were going to offer and I was at the top of the list. He congratulated me the season and said that I had a scholarship offer from the University of Pittsburgh.

"I was very excited," continued Durden. "I was speechless really. I think the only thing I could say was that it was great. I'm glad Pitt was the first offer it shows that they have been watching me and they want me. I have always liked Pitt and I have wanted to go there since I started playing high school football back in ninth grade at North Catholic."

While it certainly looks good for the Panthers, Durden isn't ready to end his recruitment just yet.

"I hope that I get some more offers," Durden said. "if I don't, I'm am real satisfied even if Pitt is the only one that I get."

Durden carried the load for Montour all season and the talented junior is currently letting his body heal before he gets back after it.

"I'm going to rest for a few weeks," Durden stated. "After Christmas, I'll start running and lifting. I'm just focusing on my school work right now."

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