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Whenever you hear about recruiting and Georgia Tech in the same context someone is always quick to make the joke about head coach Paul Johnson not bringing in top level recruits. Amidst the recent rumors of Johnson leaving or being unhappy with the school, there are still some eyes on the recruits coming in 2014 for the Yellow Jackets.
One of the Georgia Tech recruits that everyone is raving about would be Stepheny Durham IV, who goes by Step rather than Stepheny. The 5’11 defensive back, who has an impressive 40 time of 4.67, played his high school ball at Atlantic Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fl. Some consider the Jacksonville area to be a recruiting hotbed with several players that part of Florida going on to do big things on the biggest stage of them all, the NFL.
Step Durham is coming to Georgia Tech as a 4-star commit with offers from several SEC and ACC schools including Ole Miss, South Carolina and Duke. Durham making his decision to attend Georgia Tech was one that made a lot of fans happy because of all the struggles the Yellow Jackets had in pass defense in the past few seasons. But with some young talent coming aboard and the current players having a full year of defensive coordinator Ted Roof’s system under their belt, the defense could grow into something that could dominate these variety of spread offenses that keep popping up in not just the ACC, but around the country.
Scouts say of Durham that he is very a smooth and fluid athlete that possesses a lot of needed cover corner skills, and has experience in both man and zone coverage. He lacks the elite speed of many corners, but has great ball awareness and is quick on run support. Once he adds a little more size and becomes adept to college level play, he’ll be a tough defensive back to beat.
Durham is going to make an immediate impact whenever he gets his chance to step onto the field. And the impact he will make won’t come up on the scoreboard or in the box score but you know that every down he is going to push it for all he has and make that touchdown saving tackle or that crucial third down pass break up.