It was a while in the making but former Greenwood star linebacker Da’von Durant (6-2 235) can now realize his dream of playing at USC. Durant, who attends Butler JC in Kansas, committed to the Gamecocks Sunday morning after making an unofficial visit Saturday.
Durant had favored the Gamecocks since his Shrine Bowl season of 2012 and after a two year stint at Butler, he will be able to join the Gamecocks in January.
“It feels good, a lot of pressure has been taken off me now,” said Durant who had wanted to commit in the spring but held off while working on his grades to get to where he would have a chance to enroll at mid-term. “I feel more relaxed and I can concentrate on my school work going into the season. It’s going great and I’ll be finishing on time in December and enroll in January.”
Durant played in seven games last season according to the Butler website recording 12 tackles and 3 sacks on a defense that allowed just over 11 points per game. He’s expecting to make a much bigger impact this season and then carry that over to USC in 2015.
“They want me to be that guy that controls the defense, the quarterback of the defense, and make stuff happen,” Durant said of USC defensive coaches Lorenzo Ward and Kirk Botkin. “I’ll have a spring to go in and get out there and learn. I play hard and give 100% on every play. I feel I have a lot to prove and I have a chip on my shoulder. I’m so much better than I was in high school. No doubt when I’m on the field I can be the best linebacker in the country. Coach Botkin is a great coach and will give me the tools that I need.”
Durant also visited Arizona State in the spring but said except for his official visit to USC this season there will be no other visits for him.