Paul Thurston is a young man that seems to know exactly what he is looking for in a college and football program.
"I am looking for a college that has solid academics. I would like to major in
Journalism. Also I would like a coach that is secure in his job. And I want to be
able to relate to him as well. I ALSO will be looking at training and weight programs,
along with depth charts. I will be looking into all of this."
As Thurston started playing football he just hoped to get a scholarship out of it. Now
he has over ten offers, and more will be coming his way.
Michigan is a school that he is starting to focus on. He has begun to build relationship with a certain coach on the Wolverines staff.
"I talk with Coach Funk (offensive line coach). He tells me about what they are
doing up at Michigan. And Coach Funk tells me to stay on top of my grades. He
really relates to me -- we have a vibe with each other when we are talking."
Coach Funk certainly likes what Paul would have to offer if he ever became a
"Coach Funk tells me that he likes my quick feet and the nasty ability to drive
people into the ground. Right now I would say I am a pass blocker and a run
blocker -- I do a little bit of both. In the off season I want to become more
physical and have stronger technique."
Paul has also had a chance to talk with Head Coach Brady Hoke.
"Coach Hoke -- I spoke with him and he wants me to come up on campus. He was very
straight forward about what they are trying to do there."
Thurston has some familiarity with the Michigan program.
"Michigan has a ton of
tradition. I have watched (Miami offensive lineman) Jake Long play so I do know
Paul who has a brother that plays for Navy has given him a bit of advice
concerning about going away from home to play college ball.
"He told me that I would grow up faster, and how fun things were but hard at the
same time. I do know I will not shy away from hard work. Distance is not a
factor at all for me."
He does understand that colleges have offers out to many prospects, and that he has to
make a decision at some point.
"I will make a decision before my senior season starts. I know schools will not
wait for me."
With an offensive lineman with his nastiness it's likely that many schools
including the Maize and Blue will wait at least a little for a talent like Paul
Wolverines Have Thurston's Attention
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