May 27, 2013

Step Durham on UNC's radar

Florida has long been known as a breeding ground for top level football talent.

Any ACC school with any shred of recruiting credibility makes the state a top priority and the North Carolina Tar Heels are no different.

Step Durham is a four-star cornerback from Jacksonville with offers from 19 schools. Four of those 19 are ACC schools, a list that includes Duke, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and the Tar Heels.

Tar Heel Illustrated caught up with Durham's father, Step Durham III, recently to discuss his son's recruitment.

"Watching him growing up from an early age, running down the hallways and always dreaming of seeing him be the best he can be, whether it's football or not, it just motivates me," said Durham. "In middle school, I had him write down schools that he would love to be apart of. During the process, a lot of those schools (that have shown interest) are on that list."

The Durham father-son duo have racked up a lot of mileage visiting the various schools that have shown interest in the highly touted Floridian.

Schools that have been visited so far include Auburn, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Miami, UCF and Nebraska among others.
Georgia Tech and Florida State have received upwards of five visits a piece.

"Not at this time. We were thinking about (possibly) going during the season to North Carolina, North Carolina State and maybe Ole Miss as well," said Durham's father when asked if they have current plans to visit the state of North Carolina.

When asked what type of school his son will most likely choose, the father said there will be a few deciding factors.

"We're looking for a school that can be able to hold their own without football. They would have a great reputation as a great school. I think the two of the leaders that accomplish that now are Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt," said Durham. "The location doesn't matter, it can be anywhere. He's not just dedicated to schools here in Florida or close by.
Lastly, a team that can be able to compete. Some type of championship."

North Carolina's education credentials are consistently mentioned by recruits that have shown serious interest in the Tar Heels and could certainly work in their favor with the education first mentality possessed by the Durham's.

Also, after picking up four-star running back D'Ernest Johnson from Immokalee in addition to Tajze Battle from earlier in the process, Durham wouldn't have to worry about being the only player from Florida in the Tar Heels' 2014 recruiting class.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back shares bloodlines with a former NFL champion. He is cousins with former Florida State Seminole and Green Bay Packer, Leroy Butler.

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