When most coaches get their hands on one über-talented athlete, one of the first questions they ask is: “do you have any siblings who play?”
When Krop head football coach David Hudson asked that question to Johnnie Durante, he got a yes.
Hudson enjoyed the talents of Durante for the past four years and now he greatly anticipates the development of Durante's younger brother Jovon's career as the sophomore will be the focal point of the Lightning's success for the next three years.
The older Durante took his talents to Southwest Miami, where he'll be a freshman at Florida International this season.
Jovon, who also runs track and plays basketball for Krop, did play one varsity season with his older brother last year when they helped lead Krop to a 4-4 record, the district 13-8A championship, and a berth in the state playoffs. The Lightning clinched the district title, Hudson's second in his tenure at Krop, after a 38-14 win over Hialeah.
Hudson, in his fourth year leading the Lightning, said that having the brothers at the same time was a joy on and off the field.
“They're both good kids,” Hudson said. “Johnnie played varsity for us for three years and he's worked his way through the program. And his brother Jovon came in highly touted from the Ives Estates optimist program and he's come in and showed a lot of promise. The two of them are very close and I'm glad to have had them together for a year.”
The elder Durante put together a solid career for the Lightning, coming on strong during his senior year -- hauling in 27 passes for 461 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 50 yards and a touchdown along with intercepting six passes and returning four of them for touchdowns.
Not to be outdone too much by his older brother, as freshman Durante caught two touchdown passes and intercepted a pass – putting him far ahead of his brother's pace for career touchdowns and interceptions.
Johnnie said that playing football with his brother was nothing but fun.
“We've become closer because of football,” the older Durante said. “I try to teach him all the things I know about all the different positions. He's always wanted to play on the same team as me and we got that chance for a year and we both shined; so it was great.”
Hudson said that the talent level between them – with Johnnie and Jovon both being 5-foot-11 already -- is mind-boggling.
“Jovon is a natural athlete, he's equally talented as a track athlete and as a basketball player,” Hudson said. “On the football field I know he's going to do great things – especially when he fully develops and puts in the hard work in the weight program.”
Johnnie said that his younger brother may be the better overall athlete, but he's the best football player in the family and he also hopes to blaze a trail by playing at FIU – where Jovon was among the first verbal commitments for the class of 2015.
“FIU was the school that seemed to give me the best overall chance to get done what I want to get done,” the older Durante said. “I'm not worried about Jovon, I'm going to pass my number – No. 1 – down to him and I know he's going to take over for me.”