JACKSONVILLE – Ivory Durham IV shined in his first varsity season at Raines a year ago.
After two seasons under center at Class 2A Cedar Creek Christian, Durham IV made the move to a strong Raines program. It paid off as the Vikings finished 7-4 in 2016, appearing in the Class 4A region finals.
The 5’10”, 160-pound Durham IV had 2,500 total yards and 35 touchdowns as a junior. For his career, he has 7,800 passing yards, 788 rushing yards and 80 passing touchdowns.
Raines cruised past Walton 52-14 in the region semifinal as Durham IV combined for 295 yards and five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing). The Vikings got bounced by state runner up Bolles 60-20.
He said he learned how to stay calm in all situations.
“For me, it was a great experience,” Durham IV told Prep Sports Scouting. “We did great in the first round then went to the second round and we weren’t really focused. We had great experiences and had fun regardless.”
In terms of growth since last season, Durham IV says he’s matured, gotten bigger and stronger and he believes that he is on the field leadership is stronger than ever.
He’s aiming to increase his overall speed and get stronger in the weight room.
I’ve gotten bigger and stronger. Grown in maturity. The way I’m thinking and scanning the field, leadership is getting stronger.
Raines competed against Fletcher and First Coast last Friday night. Durham IV tossed six combined touchdowns in that spring jamboree.
“I was proud of my guys. It was unbelievable,” he said. “We just have to take that into the summer and work even harder towards our goal of winning a state championship.”
Growing up, he played football, baseball, basketball and track. He first started his work on the gridiron at age 4. He was a running back before moving to quarterback a year later.
Durham IV doesn’t want to be known as a dual-threat quarterback.
“I can run if I want to, but I choose not to run because I want people to see me as a pocket passer,” he said.
He called his ability to look off, throw on the run and scan the field as his biggest strengths.
Durham IV holds one offer from Valdosta State. He’s also drawn interest from Wake Forest, Bowling Green, Georgetown, Ohio and UConn.
At Raines, he gets the chance to play under a very knowledgeable head coach in Deran Wiley.
“He’s a great coach,” Durham IV said. “He took me under his wings, took me in as one of his own and looked out for me. He knows the game.”
He says he couldn’t have done any of this without God and for his ultimate goal he wants to make it to the NFL. He plans to study technology in college.
Durham IV is a tremendous athlete and a very down to earth kid. He is in for a big senior season. Raines is in good hands and I think with more breakout performances, the better off he’ll be in terms of college looks.
Favorite players to watch – Drew Brees, Odell Beckham Jr., Reggie Bush
Playlist before games – Jeremih
Favorite movies – Friday, Bad Boys
Favorite TV shows – Empire
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “My nickname HJ stands for hungry jack. As a baby, I used to eat a lot. I like pancakes and eating a lot.”
Nicknames from teammates or friends – “HJ”, “Mr. Hollywood”
Game film: Dean’s YouTube tape
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