Michigan State offered a scholarship to quarterback Chris Durkin of Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline High School earlier this week.
The 6-foot-4, 216-pound Durkin now holds Big Ten offers from MSU, Northwestern, Indiana and Illinois. Durkin was offered last Thursday night after speaking with Spartans defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi and coach Mark Dantonio.
Durkin is one of only four quarterbacks MSU has made an offer to. He visited East Lansing last fall for the Ohio State game and plans on coming back up to East Lansing in the next 2-weeks.
Durkin attended the CORE 6 Combine this past weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was voted the top quarterback in attendance. He showed a strong arm and solid mechanics.
One interesting aspect about Durkin’s recruitment is that Narduzzi also attended Youngstown Ursuline. Narduzzi is Durkins’s primary recruiter and grew up in Youngstown while his dad was the head coach at Youngstown State from 1975-85.
Another MSU offer went to athlete Dareian Watkins of Galion High School, also in Ohio. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound could play multiple positions at the next level. In addition to MSU, Watkins also holds scholarship offers from West Virginia, Illinois, Kentucky, Northwestern, Louisville and Iowa. Watkins is a preseason 4-star recruit by Rivals.com
Watkins was in East Lansing back in January for the Spartans junior day and came away impressed with what he saw. He told SpartanMag.com the following about his time on campus:
“Everything about Michigan State stood out,” Watkins stated. “The best part for me was being able to interact with all the coaches. I really liked the campus and how everything is all together in one area.”
Watkins is hoping to make an early decision. Not only does he want to focus on his senior year and help his team succeed, but he also wants to help recruit other top players to the school of his choice.
Local prospect impresses
More than 200 of the Midwest’s top prospects attended last weekend’s Best of the Midwest Camp in Indianapolis.
One local player who stood out was Jalen Embry of Detroit Martin Luther King.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Embry performed very well in the testing and drill portions of the camp. Rivals.com Midwest analyst Josh Helmholdt had the following to say about Embry’s performance:
“Defensive back was by far the deepest position group at Monday’s camp, and Embry was one of the best in attendance. Embry was physical with receivers at the line of scrimmage, but he had the recovery speed to stay with those who got by him and he had his hands on a number of passes throughout the day. Embry holds two early offers from MAC schools and appears in line to grab more.”
We spoke with Embry after the camp and he informed us he was heading to Michigan State this week with his family to talk with the coaches and learn more about the Spartans program.
Matt Dorsey is a recruiting analyst for SpartanMag.com and Rivals.com.
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