April 16, 2009

Florida cousins catching new offers

The recruitment of Seminole (Fla.) cousins Toby Durham and Tyrone Bouie is a family affair and that is a fact not lost on college recruiters. Three colleges have decided to offer both cousins after finding out the two players have decided to become a package deal.

"It's a family thing," Durham said with a laugh on Monday.

Durham, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound athlete collected nine receptions for 187 yards and rushed another 58 times for 428 yards and four touchdowns. Last season his cousin, Bouie, tallied 55 tackles, three interceptions, two tackles for a loss and a sack. Those number have garnered him the attention of the local press - he is one of the Orlando Sentinel's Pre-season Players to Watch - as well as colleges around the country.

Currently, Colorado State, Central Florida and now Purdue have all offered both cousins, while Georgia Southern has offered a scholarship to Durham individually. New Mexico has offered Bouie. Neither will profess to have any favorites thus far and both will be attending a Nike combine in Tallahassee on April 28 in hopes of opening the eyes of other college recruiters.

"I want to improve on everything I get and beat my times in everything I have done so far," Durham said.

Bouie took that one step further saying, "I am trying to make my times on the 40, the shuttle all faster and let everyone know I should be one of the top players in the nation."

The Purdue offer came in for Durham this week, while Bouie heard from the Boilermakers a week ago. Both were excited to hear from Purdue after having seen the Boilers on television. Durham said he has been to a Central Florida practice and came away impressed.

Bouie, in particular, seems to have done his research on Colorado State.

"I have gone on the internet and am looking at the Rams all the time," he said. "I watch previews and look at their depth chart to see how I would fit in. I want to see if I will play or if there are a whole lot of juniors who are going to be seniors in my position or if I can play right away."

The next step for the Florida cousins will be setting up college visits. Bouie said they have been told the visits can be done anytime, but might be best to get them set after spring practice is over.

"We might want to go to all these schools, but hopefully we can just find somewhere we can both burn at. If a school offers us, we are going to have our options open. We are just going off of what comes to us."

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