In 2010, Duke coaches and fans were impressed by the play of freshman linebacker Kelby Brown. On the recruiting trail, the Duke coaching staff is searching for more hard-hitting linebackers to join Brown on the Blue Devil defense. Preston Durham is a 6’1” 205 pound linebacker from Inman, South Carolina. As a junior, Durham was named to the SC All-Region team, as he wrecked havoc on opposing offenses, totaling 130 tackles, 4 pass break-ups, 2½ sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 1 interception, and 1 blocked kick. His standout season earned him 1st team 2010 US Air Force Junior All-American honors.
BDN: Can you start out by describing your strengths as a player?
Well, I believe I have great awareness and a nose for the football, and great quickness and speed. Can really explode through the block.
BDN: What are some of the things you have been working [private] on this offseason?
Definitely speed and size and strength.
BDN: What are your goals for yourself and for your team in your senior year?
I’d like to make the playoffs this year, and go as far as we can. I’d like to eclipse my tackle record, and break all my records that I’ve set in the previous years.
BDN: What are the most important factors you’re looking for in a college?
Definitely the atmosphere of the school and the people, and the facilities is a big thing, and of course the education, and the coaching staff.
BDN: What schools have you heard the most from so far? Who were the first schools to contact you?
Duke has been contacting me, he’s come to the school a couple times, and Georgia Tech, along with – let’s see, Clemson has too.
BDN: Which schools have you had a chance to visit so far?
I’ve visited Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, and out of state, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.
BDN: Have any schools stood out to you at this point in the process, either on your visits or your contact with coaches?
Yes, I really like Duke, the coach, I really like him a lot, he’s a nice guy. And North Carolina, I love their campus.
BDN: Do you have plans to visit any other schools this spring or summer?
Yes sir, I plan on going to Georgia Tech Junior Day in April, and I plan on going to the Clemson football camp, along with North Carolina and Duke and Georgia Tech.
BDN: At this point in the process, do you have an idea for when you would like to make your college decision?
Well, I don’t know. I mean, I’d have to take a lot of time to think and do some research on the school and everything, but I don’t know, I’d probably do it after my senior season.
BDN: Is there anything else that you think is important for college football fans to know about you?
I have an extremely hard work ethic, and a drive inside me that I’m not gonna stop. [/private]