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By Anthony Richards
SouthernPigskin.com
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High school prospect Step Durham will play his college football in either the ACC or SEC.

Step Durham, cornerback at Atlantic Coast High School in Jacksonville, Fla., has narrowed his college search down to Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Louisville, which has made a late push with an offer Tuesday.

Durham, considered a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, has visits scheduled to each of these schools throughout the upcoming weeks and is fully prepared to make a final decision once those visits are completed.

The most important information Durham looks to gain from these visits focuses on the depth-chart and academics. 

“Hopefully I can take a look at a roster and see where I can have a better chance of playing early,” Durham told Southern Pigskin. 

Whichever school Durham chooses, his goal is to get in and become a contributor right away in order to help the team.  Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Louisville are each finalists because they provide immediate opportunity both athletically and academically.

He understands the role college can play in his future and that academics provide a plan if circumstances affect the football side.

Durham began playing football in the pop warner ranks and it is a sport that has always been a passion for his family.

“My mom says she put a football in my hand when I was born,” Durham laughed.  “We’re a huge football family, we love football.”

Durham’s family has always been there to support him in whatever he chooses to do and is something he sees as a strong “backbone” to help him in life’s obstacles.

He considers the greatest strength of his game to be his combination of physical play and quickness at 5-11 and 185 pounds. 

During his final year of high school, Durham looks to increase his touches on the offensive side of the ball in order to improve as a polished all-around player.  He also will continue to work on his speed and reaction time to be more prepared for the college level.

He has established some good relationships with coaches at Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt and hopes to lay the foundation for relationships during his visit to Louisville.

There is no doubt that Durham and his family will feel a large relief once a final decision is made and the search comes to an end.

“It gets pretty hectic, 60 coaches talking to them, calling you every spring, so I’ll be relieved,” Durham said.

Anthony Richards - Anthony was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. and currently attends the University of North Florida. He is a sports journalist, with a particular passion for college football in the south and the atmosphere that surrounds it. He enjoys the classic southern combination of Bar-B-Q and a large glass of sweet tea. You can reach Anthony at antnyrich@comcast.net.