For Millersville, MD standout, Josh Furman things have heated up consider considerably on the recruiting trail. To say that he appreciates his newfound status is an understatement.
"I have looked forward to the attention I have been getting because I strive to be the best," he said. "Now that it is happening I feel very blessed that hard work pays off."
The entire family is sharing in the moment. Seeing his son's efforts pay off with the attention from colleges is especially pleasing for his dad, Tyrone.
"I am just really happy for him," Mr. Furman said proudly. "He's a good kid."
Furman seemed fly under the radar earlier in the winter, which was a bit surprising, considering he boasts a 4.37 forty. The recent flow of scholarships is more indicative of his talent. Still, one of his latest offers -- the one from the University of Michigan -- really caught his eye.
"I like Michigan," he said. "They are a very prestigious school. They sounded like they really like me and really want me at their school. "I hadn't seen any mail so I didn't think they were interested".
All of the doubts Furman had about Michigan's opinion of him changed with one phone call.
"I had a chance to talk with Coach Rodriguez," recalled Furman. "We had a very good conversation. He seems like a cool coach someone I can vibe with. Coach Rodriguez told me they want me up there ASAP so we can see the facilities and meet the coaches."
Michigan assistant Tony Dews is the coach responsible for recruiting Furman, and he too had a positive conversation with the prized recruit.
"Coach Dews is a cool guy that I can meet with and talk to," the talented youngster said. "We are just getting to know each other right now."
Despite that very strong standing for the Maize & Blue, Furman isn't quite ready to name a leader. With offers also from Pittsburgh, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, and West Virginia, he is tackling his recruitment with a very open mind. As a matter fact, this "huge college football fan" is hoping even more options will become available before it's all said and done.
"I like them all," Furman said regarding any school showing interest in him.
When it comes time to sort through his list of suitors, there are some very specific traits he will look for.
"Camaraderie and togetherness are two areas that I am looking for teams to have," he explained. "I want to play some place where the feeling is I have your back and you have mine. I also think the atmosphere is important where football is big and they have true fans."
For now Furman is more focused on enjoying the recruiting process and preparing for his final high school season during which he plans to take a shot at being a quarterback.
"I believe that I could play the position," he said confidently.
How's that for versatility.
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Furman in the coming weeks.