Josh Furman, the 6-foot-2, 197-pound four-star safety/linebacker from Old Mill Senior High School in Millersville, Md., has scholarship offers from Maryland, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Michigan, Duke, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma.
“I don’t have a number one right now,” Furman said. “I’ve really been looking at all eight right now. I won’t narrow it down until football season.
“I want to go where I feel they can help me be the most successful,” he said. “I want to play for a close-knit team and at a big-time college program.
“I’ll most likely wait until after the season before I decide,” Furman said. “I want to take a few visits and see as much of the schools as I can. I’ll be trying to visit the schools that are far away and the ones that I can’t get to normally. I probably won’t take an official to Maryland because it’s so close.”
Although Furman continues to deny a leader, he’s already attended junior days at West Virginia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and LSU. Plus, he’s also already visited Maryland and Virginia Tech.
In fact, the Hokies were one of his favorite teams growing up. “I used to watch them and Miami,” he said. “Those were my two teams. They would win a lot and I just loved the ‘Canes especially.”
So while Virginia Tech is actually recruiting Furman, Miami is not.
“I really like the campus at Tech,” he said. “And the coaches are good too. They seem to be very honest and laid-back, plus they’ve been winning and that helps.”
The first school to offer Furman was in-state favorite Maryland. The Terps are only 25 minutes from his house, but he insists location will not be a factor.
Another thing the Terps have going for them is that his dad, Tyrone Furman, played nose guard there. “Obviously, he likes Maryland and would like me to go there but he isn’t pushing them or anything,” he said.
The Terps are recruiting Furman as a linebacker.
Another school that wants Furman at linebacker is West Virgina. “They’ve talked about safety too,” he said. “I really like the facilities and the campus at West Virginia is really nice.
“Plus, coach Bill Stewart really stands out,” Furman said. “Everybody loves him. He said that once you’re at West Virginia everyone is family. I guess the whole state really supports the team. He says that everyone knows each other in West Virginia.”
Furman plans on attending a Mountaineers practice sometime next week.
One school that is recruiting Furman for offense instead is Pittsburgh. “They want me as a running back,” he said. “I like how they run the ball a lot there and it’s just a cool place. They share their facilities with the Steelers and that’s really cool because you’re always seeing those guys there.
“It’s also in the middle of the city and there’s a lot to do,” Furman said of Pittsburgh.
But despite being recruited for offense by the Panthers most schools want him on defense and he’s ranked as Scout.com’s No. 12 safety nationwide.
“I really like both positions but I think I prefer running back,” he said. “I love having the ball in my hands and feel like I’m explosive enough to do a lot with it.”
In addition to going to the West Virginia practice next week, Furman also hopes to visit Michigan for their spring game. “They came out of the blue and offered me,” he said. “I hadn’t gotten any mail from them or anything and didn’t think they even knew who I was until they offered.”
He says the Wolverines want him on defense, as do both North Carolina and LSU.
Furman finished his junior season with 105 carries for 796 yards. Defensively, he had 87 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, eight sacks and two blocked punts.
“I have great vision and explosiveness,” Furman said. “I’m very athletic (claims a 40-inch vertical jump) and have great closing speed to the ball.
“I’m also real smooth and like to play old school like Erik Dickerson or powerful like Jim Brown.”
Furman says he can bench 265-pounds and squat 460.
“I want to improve my coverage on defense and be a better pass rusher,” he said. “On offense I’m just working on my hands and catching the ball better.”
Furman reports a 2.4 core GPA and a 1400 SAT.