HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year letterwinner under Coach Dave DeHaan at Victor J. Andrew High School . . . was a two-time captain his during final two years in high school . . . ranked the No. 41 player in the state of Illinois by Prep Baseball Report . . . during his senior season batted .430 with 40 RBIs and four home runs . . . batted a school-record .523 with three homers, 13 doubles, seven triples, 31 RBIs and 43 runs scored as a junior in 2012 . . . earned first-team Class 4A all-state honors in his final two seasons from the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association . . . named to the Chicago Tribune all-state second team . . . also earned all-area and all-conference honors and was named team MVP in his junior and senior campaigns . . . was a four-year Student Athlete Reward recipient in high school . . . collected 10 straight hits during one three-game stretch . . . named the Southtown Star Player of the Week on April 3 after batting 14-for-22 (.636) with two homers and nine RBIs, including the game-winning hit in a 3-2 win over Sandburg . . . as a sophomore in 2011, hit .370 with 34 RBIs . . . also lettered in football and basketball . . . earned honorable mention all-conference in football as a junior.
PERSONAL: Son of Dan and Michelle Durkin . . . born April 4, 1995 . . . plans to pursue a degree in general management . . . his brother, Tony, is a red-shirt freshman offensive lineman at Illinois . . . chose Michigan State over several schools, including Minnesota, St. Joseph's and Western Illinois.
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