Catching Up With Josh Furman

TSR's Ethan Rothstein catches up with Terps prospect Josh Furman.

Josh Furman likes hitting people.

Despite having success as a running back - he rushed for 14 touchdowns and 7.6 yards per carry as a junior - Furman's preference remains on the defensive side of the ball.

Furman said that he doesn't have a preference in the defensive system, he just loves defense.

“It doesn't matter, as long as I'm running to the ball, being that safety valve,” he said.

After visiting Michigan on September 12, Furman is going down to Blacksburg and visiting Virginia Tech on October 10.

Maryland and West Virginia are also in the running for the 6'2,” 187 lb. safety from Millersville, Md.

“[Michigan] has great academics and a great strength and conditioning program,” Furman said. “And Virginia Tech's coaching staff impressed me.”

However, Furman said every time he visits the UM campus, he gets more of a feel for it, and talking with defensive coordinator and cornerbacks coach Don Brown has helped.

Furman said he wanted to have an official visit to College Park, but he said the athletic department wanted to schedule it in December, so he'll likely pass on that opportunity.

As far as what he brings to the field, Furman is confident in his natural abilities.

“My strength would definitely be my athleticism,” said Furman, who runs a 4.36 40-yard-dash. “My weakness at this point is my coverage, because all my years I've only been rushing the quarterback, but I just need the repetition, then I'll get it down.”

Although his high school season at Old Mill Senior HS started a little slowly, Furman is confident that they'll improve even more as the season goes on.

“We're doing pretty well, we're 2-1,” Furman said. “We've been playing better each game, some guys haven't been sticking to their assignments, and so we just got to keep working on our assignments on the football field.”

Much like his high school team, the Terps are an inexperienced team and have had their fair share of struggles this season, but Furman said that doesn't bother him.

“They're a young team,” Furman said, “but they have a lot of talent. They've had some pretty tough losses, but I think they're going to bounce back.”

As for his decision, Furman wants who wants him.“It comes down to the team that gives me the most interest and sends me the most information,” Furman said.

article edited by TSR’s Nina Napolitano

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