Recruiting Central

SoCal wide receiver Duru keeps recruiting secret until very end


Editor’s note: Montana State welcomed nine high school prospects to campus the final recruiting weekend of the winter the last weekend of January 2018. Eight of those recruits ended up signing National Letters of Intent with MSU the first week of February.

In the coming weeks, Skyline Sports will print a series of stories about each of those commitments to Montana State. This is the fifth installment of that series featuring Los Angeles 2-star wide receiver Koby Duru.

PART I: Montana State’s loyalty helps Bobcats land Eastside Catholic star Putney

PART II: Washington Gatorade Player of the Year Ifanse eventually chooses Montana State

PART III: Garfield WR Metcalf comes to Montana State brimming with confidence

PART IV: Montana State eventually wins out for Aledo, Texas DT Williams

Koby Duru earned a two-star recruiting rating during his time as a high school standout in Los Angeles. But you’d never know it by looking at his Twitter account.

Duru fielded offers from around the FCS, including landing scholarship opportunities in state at Cal Poly and Sacramento State plus throughout the Big Sky with Montana State, Southern Utah and Portland State vying for the 6-foot-3, 185-pound outside receiver’s skills. But you’d never be able to tell that level of interest by scrolling through his personal Internet profiles.

The Diamond Bar, California native spent his last two years of high school at LA County’s largest private school, Bishop Amat Memorial, a co-ed Catholic school of 1,520 students in the San Gabriel Valley 20 miles East of the city. Montana State first reached out to the prospect in October, first offered him in November and Duru first committed to former Bobcats’ running backs coach Michael Pitre on December 3. But Duru wasn’t about to announce his decision to the world on social media.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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