Cory Durden to FSU: Seminoles Land 4-Star DT Prospect

Daniel Kramer@dkramer_Featured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2016

Credit: 247Sports

The Florida State Seminoles added to their fifth-ranked 2017 recruiting class Saturday when 4-star defensive tackle Cory Durden announced his commitment to play in Tallahassee.

Durden, who hails from Newberry, Florida—just 18 miles from the Florida Gators' campus—also had offers from the Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Miami Hurricanes and Oklahoma Sooners.

Durden became the second standout defensive tackle from Newberry to commit to the Seminoles, joining high school teammate and cousin Ja'len Parks, another 4-star recruit in the 2017 class. 

"We've been playing side to side since we was little, since we were five years old," Durden said, per Safid Deen of the Tallahassee Democrat. "This is a blessing."

The tandem will join rising redshirt sophomore Demarcus Christmas and rising redshirt junior Keith Bryant on the line in Tallahassee.

Durden admitted he had been committed to the Seminoles for some time before making his announcement Saturday, per Tomahawk Nation:

"My whole family went [to FSU], and the whole program is built around loyalty and brotherhood," Durden said, per Deen. "That’s what I want to be a part of."

Durden is the sixth commit in FSU's 2017 class, which will look to help the team contend for the ACC title and a trip to the College Football Playoff in the years to come.


All recruit rankings courtesy of 247Sports.