Terps, WVU Hot After Old Mill Standout
Jim Laise, who covers West Virginia recruiting for WVSports.com and as much about the Mountaineers as anyone, sent this file along:
Old Mill linebacker-running back Josh Furman was one of the first juniors offered at West Virginia's first junior day at the Puskar Center and Coliseum basketball court.
"I'm doing great. I got an offer as soon as I got there, maybe five minutes. They had seen tape," said Furman on the way home Saturday night.
"Truthfully, I don't know where West Virginia came from in terms of scouting me, but about two weeks ago my head coach (Damian Ferragamo) told me West Virginia was coming. Coach (Jeff) Casteel came to my school on a snow day (at Millersville, Md., Old Mill). He didn't know we were out for snow; so he came and we set up a visit."
Maryland offered its in-state talent first. Josh's dad, Tyrone, was a nose tackle for Bobby Ross. Josh also visited LSU's junior day last weekend. The Terrapins and Mountaineers are first in on the second-team All-State junior.
The Terrapins like him at outside linebacker and running back, and the way Furman said it, the interviewer had a sense he might also like to try the offensive side of the ball at the next level. Meanwhile, Casteel pitched OLB.
"We play a 3-5 defense just like West Virginia and Coach Casteel could see me fitting into it. That's where they offered me," said Furman.
Obviously the process has just begun for the 6-1, 200-pound athlete who totaled 87 tackles and almost 800 rushing yards for the Class 4A Patriots last season.
Clemson, Florida, FSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, along with the previously mentioned schools are mailing him.
Furman thinks he might like to get out of his home state. He grew up in Annapolis and attended Annapolis High before transferring to Old Mill "for family considerations," he said.
"I want to see some things. I'm thinking I might want to get away from home. All I'm thinking about right now is academics. That's the main thing. I want to go to a good school, that's No. 1."
Furman's visit was unofficial. Rarely do Mountaineer coaches make offers based on tape only.
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