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2015 ATH Jovon Durante Shows Out at Palm Beach Shootout

2015 ATH Jovon Durante (6’0, 175, 4.4, 39′ vertical, 4.3 shuttle) of Jackson High in Miami, FL is an explosive, versatile weapon for Jackson and a standout performer yesterday as the Florida Fire 7-on-7 team, for the second time in their three year history, posted back-to-back tournament wins. Last season as a freshman, Durante registered 26 catches for 600 yards, 12 rushes for 100 yards, one interception on defense, and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

The sophomore sensation has already been offered by FIU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Clemson, and Miami.

Durante spoke highly about the Hurricanes. “Miami offered over the summer last year. I went to the spring scrimmage recently and liked what I saw. I like the coaching staff and how they run the program. I like everything about Miami.”

He camped at Ole Miss last summer and wowed the coaching staff during drills. “I think the Ole Miss staff likes me. When I camped there last summer, they were impressed with my hands and sharp route running, obviously they felt good enough about me to offer.”

 

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Jackson’s talented playmaker also impressed the Volunteers. “When I camped at Tennessee, I ran crisp routes and caught everything. The receivers coach liked what he saw and I left with an offer.”

Marshall, Florida St., and West Virginia have entered the Durante sweepstakes and are seriously interested in the young wideout.

The interest between the Seminoles and Durante is mutual. “I like the offense at FSU. It’s a balanced attack and they keep opponents off guard. Every time FSU comes on TV, I watch them,” he said. “I feel like they’ll offer soon.

West Virginia has been my dream school since I was a kid,” he said of the Mountaineers. “Growing up, when me and my brother played NCAA on XBox, we’d both always pick West Virginia. I like the coaching staff, their uniforms, the offense, everything.”

Tennessee, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Memphis, Miami, FSU, and Florida will receive camp visits from him this summer.

Durante told Varsity Preps that he has no frontrunners currently and remains wide open in his recruitment. He’s still considering which factors will play a role in his decision making process, but did mention he’d prefer to play college football in the Deep South.

On the field, he displays a great burst and can outleap most athletes he’ll face on the high school level. Durante talked about what sets him apart from his peers. “When the ball’s in the air, it’s coming down with me, that’s how I feel about it. Any type of jump ball, on offense or defense, I’m coming down with it,” he said. “I’m also a team player. I don’t mind being the decoy. I still run my routes hard and do everything I need to make the defender think I’m getting the ball. I keep my composure and head in the game when my teammates are getting the ball.”

There’s little doubt Miami Jackson will do everything they can to get Durante as many touches as possible this upcoming fall. He shared his statistical goals for himself. “I want to have at least 700 yards receiving and average between two and three touchdowns per game,” he said. “I want to make First Team All-Dade and lead Jackson to a state championship.”

Michael Bradley

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