Do­ing what no­body has ever done be­fore

Mid­dle schooler build­ing high pro­file

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHAKEEM HOLLOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

No mat­ter what they tell you, size al­ways mat­ters. Lib­erty Mid­dle School of­fen­sive line­man Devin Dur­den has the size, quick­ness and tremen­dous work ethic of a fu­ture Di­vi­sion-l of­fen­sive line­man.

Dur­den helped his team win a New­ton County mid­dle school cham­pi­onship this past sea­son and earned mul­ti­ple hon­ors from born­to­com­pete.com (B2C). B2C se­lected Dur­den to the All-B2C team for mid­dle school play­ers, named him a fi­nal­ist for the of­fen­sive line­man of the year award and ranked him the eighth best player in the Class of 2019.

Tabria Col­ston, Dur­den’s mother, has three boys – with Devin be­ing the mid­dle child – and all of them play foot­ball. Com­ing off his visit to Florida State he’s al­ready ahead of where his older brother Daniel Dur­den V – cur­rently a fresh­man line­man at Val­dosta State – was at his age.

Col­ston says Devin has re­ally come along th­ese past two years. She says that be­cause of Dur­den V’s pas­sion for foot­ball, Devin is much fur­ther along and bet­ter be­cause of it.

“I keep them ac­tive. My first one just kind of held on to foot­ball. I guess be­ing out there with him ev­ery Satur­day and the prac­tices it’s al­most like it’s ex­pected at this point from all of them. It’s like our lit­tle tra­di­tion we passed down,” Col­ston said.

“I just wanted to be like him and did ev­ery­thing he did,” Devin added. “I just did what he did. When he went to prac­tice, I tried to go prac­tice with him. He lifted weights, I lifted weights. I just do what­ever he does.”

Col­ston says that of her three chil­dren, Devin is the quiet one. She says he’s hum­ble and stays to him­self – a home­body. Col­ston added that she wants Devin to use his ath­letic abil­i­ties to get a de­gree.

“The NFL is such a small, minute pop­u­la­tion,” Col­ston said. “I want him to be able to at least ob­tain a col­lege de­gree. Be able to go off to

sub­mit­ted photo / The Cov­ing­ton News

Devin Dur­den was named the No. 8 player in his class of 2019 by Born To Com­pete.

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