In the 2018 class one of the top offensive line targets for the Hoosiers is Michael Furtney from Milan (MI) Milan H.S. Peegs.com spoke with the 6-foot-5, 300-pound standout about his recruiting, and about the visit he made to IU a few weeks ago.
Furtney has been to Bloomington a few times for visits, and his most recent trip to Indiana was on February 25th for a Junior Day.
“The visit was great,” he said when asked about the visit for the IU Junior Day. “I really like the new offensive staff that they have there. I already knew the offensive line coach, Coach (Darren) Hiller, and also the quarterbacks coach, Coach (Nick) Sheridan), before they arrived at Indiana. It was good to have that relationship with them already.”
On this most recent visit the three-star recruit was able to see a little more of Indiana that he had not had a chance to see on his previous visits.
“I was able to check out a lot more of the facilities, which was nice to see for sure,” Furtney said. “And one thing that I had seen before but I just continue to love is the weight room. It’s massive and it is a beautiful weight room with the way it looks right out on the field. That was my favorite part of the facilities.”
Furtney got to spend a good deal of time with the offensive coaches for the Hoosiers, and he was especially impressed with what they want to do on that side of the ball going forward.
“It was great to get to know them better,” he said. “They are a bunch of really great guys and I really enjoyed myself around them. They have a great vision for what the future of that Indiana offense.”
The coaching staff at IU expressed to the talented prospect how much they want him to be a Hoosier, and they believe he would have a great shot to play early for them.
“They told me that they believe I could be an impact player for them at the offensive tackle position,” Furtney said about the message from the Indiana coaches. “They want me to play as soon as I can if I go there, and they said they wouldn’t have any problems with playing me as a true freshman if I was ready for it.”
Furtney currently has offers from Indiana, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Missouri, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia, UConn, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Fresno State, Kent State, Toledo, Western Michigan, Dartmouth and Princeton.
“I am just trying to sort through all my options and hopefully get closer to making my final decision,” he said. “I am trying to narrow everything down, but I don’t have a set number I will cut it down to. It will just be whatever schools I could see myself playing at, so if that is three or if that is ten it really doesn’t matter. I just want to narrow it down the best that I can. I want to commit before my senior season so that I can focus on being the leader I feel like I need to be for my team.”
Indiana appears to be a good shape to make that final list of schools for the Milan H.S. standout.
They are definitely a great program, and I like their coaching staff and the vision they have for the future,” Furtney said about the Hoosiers. “It is a beautiful campus and beautiful facilities. I feel like Indiana will be one of my top schools.”