Terp's Recruiting Target…Josh Furman

2010 prospect Josh Furman of Old Mill High School (Millersville, MD) is one of the best pure speed athletes on the east coast. The four-star safety is high on the Terps and would be a great catch for the in state school.

Josh Furman breaks the mold of a typical "speed" guy. Most players with elite speed lack size and can't play certain positions. Not Josh, he stands 6'2" (actually looks closer to 6'3") and weighs 205 pounds. He has blazing speed and can really cover the field. He is physical and likes to lay the lumber. He is excellent at rushing the passer and blitzing off the corner. He can out jump most players for high balls. He is very athletic and plays hard. He runs really well as a running back but most likely his future home is on defense. He reminds me of Eric Dickerson. He is a tall upright runner with great strides and tremendous speed. He is working on being a better receiver out of the backfield. On defense he is usually used to attack the opponent's backfield. He is very good at disrupting plays behind the line of scrimmage. He needs to work on his coverage skills as far as his back pedals and turning his hips. He has all the speed you need for safety but with his frame it is possible he could bulk up to outside linebacker especially with his pass rushing skills. He needs more experience and time to develop on the college level but he would be one of the fastest linebackers in the country if he ends up there.

Maryland was the first school to offer Furman back in January. It was fitting since it was the school his father, Tyrone, played at from '79 to '83. The offer came after a stellar junior season. On offense he rushed for 796 yards (7.6 avg) and 14 touchdowns. On defense he had 87 tackles including 25 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. This season his team is off to a 5-1 start and he has already rushed for 707 yards and 11 touchdowns. On defense he is having an even bigger impact because he is being used more in pass coverage this season. His high school is averaging 32 points on offense and the defense is holding opponents to just 14 points per game. They should make the playoffs again and Furman will be leading the way on both sides.

Furman has many offers but seems to like four schools above the rest. Maryland, Michigan, Virginia Tech and West Virginia seem to be the favorites at this time. If Florida or Miami (Fl) would offer they would immediately be amongst the leaders. He has already visited Michigan and Virginia Tech. Furman will want early playing time and Maryland could provide it. Maryland is in good shape with Furman thus far. He knows the school well and likes the coaches. They were his first offer and his father is a former player. Furman wants to be wanted and no other school has shown him the "love" more than Maryland. Maryland can't let a player with his size, speed and athletic ability get away. He is a unique talent and would make an immediate impact. He will excel on special teams on either side right away. Depending on which position he ends up at he could be an impact player for three years.

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