Mataeo Durant has already done plenty to carry on the family legacy within the McCormick football program.
Durant, one of the area’s premier players, enters his senior season with 1,000-yard rushing seasons under his belt, handfuls of accolades and a verbal commitment to Duke. He now has one more year to further leave his mark on the Chiefs program.
“Basically all of my family has gone to McCormick, so it’s really just keeping the legacy alive,” Durant said. “Great players from our family going through McCormick and doing good things.”
The bruising running back easily reaches the 1,000-yard mark each year despite having to battle injuries on occasion. He also terrorizes South Carolina opponents on the other side of the ball as a quick, hard-hitting linebacker.
McCormick went 4-0 in Region 1-A and picked up a region title in Durant’s junior season. He wants more in his final year, and he said the recipe for getting there includes compassion and dedication.
“I want to have the best rushing year I’ve ever had, the best possible yards, great team year including getting to the state championship, which is always the goal,” Durant said. “We just have to be compassionate about everything, always compete, and everybody has to be dedicated to reach that next level as a team.”