The Florida Gators have hosted several 2017 prospects on campus over the last few weeks during Head Coach Jim McElwain’s football camp.
During the camp the coaches have been able to evaluate several of those 2017 prospects and they offered defensive tackle Cory Durden (6-4, 287, Newberry, FL High) after his performance last week.
“Coach McElwain was the one that told me that Florida was offering me a scholarship,” Durden said. “He was just explaining what being a Gator was about and how that Gators help Gators out. He said that he wants me and my cousin [Ja’len Parks] to be Gators one day.”
Durden was on the Gainesville campus during the spring and he got to meet McElwain but last week was the first time for the two to have a sit down conversation.
“I’ve met Coach Mac a couple of times already but he’s a real cool guy,”” Durden said. “He’s a cool coach and he’s someone that I could see myself playing for one day. I like how he’s a straight shooter when he talks to you.”
Defensive line coach Chris Rumph had the chance to work one-on-one with Durden, and he was able to give the defensive tackle some pointers on how to get better.
“I got to talk and work out with Coach Rumph during the camp,” he said. “He was just saying how he wanted me to come back up for some visits because he likes me a lot. He was working with me during the one-on-ones too. He was helping me with my technique.”
Despite living just down the road for the Gators’ campus Durden admits that he grew up rooting for Florida’s archrival.
“I’ve been a Florida State fan my whole life but Florida has been one of my dreams offers to be honest,” Durden said. “This was an offer that I’ve been waiting on for a long time and I’m glad to finally get it.”
Florida’s staff still has a lot of time to work on Durden since he’s only a 2017 prospect and the defensive tackle says he plans to be back in Gainesville soon.
“I’m going to come back up for some visits for sure,” he said. “I’m keeping my recruitment open because I want to see what happens with everyone.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Florida State is the school that stands out the most to Durden when he talks about his favorite schools, but the one coach that he mentioned a lot was defensive line coach Chris Rumph. Florida has a long time to get back in the thick of things here.