Josh Furman: "I'm loving it"

Millersville (MD) Old Mill Senior High School superstar Josh Furman arrived in Gainesville with his coach Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Furman is a 6-2, 190-pound multi-purpose athlete that could wind up at linebacker, safety or even corner at the next level. He has incredible athletic ability with a 4.37 40-yard dash, 4.41 short shuttle, 10'1" standing broad jump and 40-inch vertical leap.

"I'm loving it," Josh Furman said. "I flew into Atlanta with my coach and then we drove the rest of the way to Gainesville. Florida is my favorite team and always has been. I have always wanted to come to camp at the University of Florida. I love the coaches at Florida. This is my first trip ever to Florida and it feels like home for me."

Furman had a chance to spend a great deal of time with the coaching staff.

Coach Urban Meyer:

"I met Urban Meyer and he is a great guy. I mean all the coaches are great but Coach Meyer was telling me that I am the type of athlete that they want on this team. They love my personality on and off the field and feel from a character standpoint I would fit right in."

Coach Chuck Heater:

"He is the safety coach and I am really looking forward to getting to work with him over the next three days and earning that offer."

Coach Vance Bedford:

"Coach Bedford is very interested in me playing cornerback. He wants to see my at corner but he loves my size and speed and said I remind him of Will Hill."

Even though his father played for Maryland in the early-80's Mr. Furman wants what is best for his son.

"I haven't even called me dad to tell him how it's going so far. I am calling him next. He did go to Maryland and that is a great school and we love that area but he wants me to do what's best for me so in no way is he pushing Maryland on me."

Furman talked about what makes him dangerous.

"It's my speed for sure. I also love to hit people whenever I get the chance. I love to contribute to the team. I know that football is a team sport and I put the team first. I am a team player and the team always comes first."

Duke, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech have all extended offers at this time.

Furman registered 87 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, eight sacks, six forced fumbles and two blocked punts as a junior. On offense he carried the ball 105 times for 796 yards and 14 touchdowns. Furman said he can bench 265 pounds and squat 460.

His father is former Maryland Terrapin nose guard Tyrone Furman, who played for the Terps from '79 to '83 and was a three-year letterman.


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