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Montour’s Durden commits to Kent State

The WPIAL’s top running backs are quickly finding their college homes.

Montour’s Julian Durden became the latest star runner to commit to a Division I school, calling the coaches at Kent State late Friday night to let them know he’s be accepting their scholarship offer.

“It’s a blessing, and it’s great to have that weight lifted off my shoulders,” Durden said of his commitment. “I feel good about the decision I’ve made. All I’ve got to do is go out and make it all worth it.”

Durden, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior with 1,081 yards and 16 touchdowns this fall, also had offers from Temple, Ohio and Buffalo, as well as Pitt. But Durden said he felt the interest from his hometown Panthers had lessened in recent months.

Not to mention, he felt Kent State had plenty to offer.

“It’s close to home,” Durden said. “They have my major, business management, with a minor in marketing. Their business school is one of the top schools in the country. And I’ll get a fair chance to play early.”

Among the other top senior backs from the area to commit in recent weeks are WPIAL career rushing leader and Hopewell star Rushel Shell (Pitt), Central Catholic’s Damion Jones-Moore (Toledo) and Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Hagy (Cornell).

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