OSU FB Durham Considering Pitt Transfer
By Brandon Castel
It looks like another member of Ohio State’s football team could be on his way out.
With Urban Meyer’s spread offense taking Columbus by storm, there doesn’t seem to be much of a future for David Durham with the Buckeyes.
The fullback out of Charlotte, N.C. has not been shy about the fact he is looking for a new home, and the idea of Paul Chryst bringing a Wisconsin-style attack to the University of Pittsburgh would be attractive to any fullback.
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“The reason I'm leaving Ohio State is because they're running a spread offense and not using a fullback, so I don't really have an option there,” Durham told Panther-Lair.com.
“The Pitt coaches are going to use a fullback.”
The 6-2, 245-pound fullback is currently behind seniors Zach Boren and Adam Homan on Ohio State’s depth chart, but Meyer is looking for more than just a banger to play the new H-back position in his spread attack.
Both Boren and Homan have a history of catching the football out of the backfield, which is what Meyer will likely demand from that position in the future. Durham, former high school wrestler, was simply a physical football player who was not quite fast enough to play defensive end, which is the position he was recruited to play out of Charlotte Christian High School in 2010.
He redshirted as a freshman and quickly moved over to the offensive side of the ball, where he has really embraced playing the fullback position. He wasn’t used much in 2011 as a redshirt freshman, but may very well have been a starting fullback for the Buckeyes in 2013 under the old offensive philosophy.
Durham realized he wasn’t going to fit with the new offense, and recently took an official visit to Pitt as he searches for a better style of offense to fit his particular skill set.
“It was definitely a good visit,” Durham told PantherLair.com.
“The offense is the number-one thing that stood out. The other really big thing that stood out to me was that the coaches were very genuine, very honest guys. I didn't know the staff before this weekend, but after the weekend I feel like I know them pretty well.”
If Durham transfers to Pitt, he would have to sit out a year under NCAA transfer rules. He would then have two more years of eligibility in the Panthers’ new offense under Chryst, who was the offensive coordinator Wisconsin last season.
Durham will also visit the University of Richmond this week, where he could begin playing right away for the Spiders. Whatever he decides, Durham told Pantherlair.com he intends to finish out the quarter at Ohio State and have a decision made on his new school by the end of the month.
He will likely enroll in time for the start of summer classes.
Durham would be the third Buckeye to transfer since Meyer officially took over the program on Jan. 3 following OSU’s Gator Bowl loss to Florida. Quarterback Taylor Graham reported he is heading to Hawaii and safety Jeremy Cash will transfer to Duke University.
The Buckeyes also lost a pair of cornerbacks when Dominic Clarke and DerJuan Gambrell were kicked off the team for violating team rules.
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