GIDEL: Atlanta LB Sets SEC Visits

Atlanta (Ga.) Grady HS linebacker Brandon Thurman may not be as highly thought of as other linebackers in the South, but statistically he's hard to beat. He has two scholarship offers from SEC programs and is looking to make a decision after his official visits.

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"I have two offers right now," Thurman said. "I've got one from Kentucky, which I got a while ago and I recently got a new offer in Arkansas."

Thurman is projected as a linebacker at the next level, despite recording 13 sacks and 117 tackles at the defensive end spot for Grady HS.

"I play with a lot of energy, speed and vision," Thurman described. "I'm a quick player that makes the big tackles. All the coaches have said they really like my film and that I project high at the next level because of my quickness and speed."

At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds Thurman projects as a full qualifier. A regional champion in the 300 meter hurdles, Thurman could be a real steal for any program if he can keep his weight and his speed.

"I've run a 4.4 before," Thurman said. "I can run pretty fast for my size. I'm usually always in the 4.5 to 4.6 range."

Coaches from Arkansas and Kentucky recently made visits to see the speedy linebacker at school. "They came by and just wanted to see how I was doing," Thurman explained. "It was pretty laid back."

Both schools set up official visits in January. "I've got a visit to Kentucky scheduled for January 13th and one the weekend of the 20th for Arkansas," Thurman said. "I wanna decide after I take those visits. Right now, it's pretty even."

A 3.0 student, Thurman has already scored over a 1,000 on his SAT. In addition to Kentucky and Arkansas, his coach Larry Millen says that Akron, Mississippi State, Tulane, and Marshall have expressed interest as well.

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