With Kansas and Arizona now making double-digit offers, it's pretty obvious at this point that Arvada, Colorado's Paul Thurston is another standout lineman from the state of Colorado. 10 offers now with probably a lot more on the way. And the 6-5, 275 lbs. Thurston isn't wasting time in trying to stay ahead of the game as he plans on hitting the road soon. "Well, I am going to head out to Oregon and Michigan, and I know I am going to the Spring game at Nebraska," said Thurston who has offers from those teams mentioned above as well as Stanford, Utah, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Colorado.
When it comes to the Huskers, Thurston said that Offensive Line Coach Barney Cotton is recruiting him, but he's talked to some of the other coaches on the staff. "The coaches I have talked to I like. You know they know what they are doing," he said. "Everyone knows they have a great football program, and they are sound, academically."
The list of offers gives Thurston a broad range in regard to geography. There's Notre Dame, an independent, Michigan and Nebraska from the Big Ten, Utah from the Mountain West and Colorado is now part of the Pac 12. Safe to say that Thurston isn't really considering distance, conference or weather in his ultimate decision. "Yeah, that's not really a big deal. We see all kinds of weather around here," he said.
At his size, Thurston can be seen as both an outside guy as well as inside. Point of fact, he's being recruited for his versatility to do both. As for any preference, Thurston says not really. Sometimes it just depends on the mood. "I love smashing people into the dirt. What offensive lineman doesn't. But sometimes I like pass blocking, because it tests your quickness and you can get a shot at one of the smaller guys sometimes," he said. "There's nothing like that. There's nothing like getting a shot at someone half your size on the field."
As to any favorites, Thurston lists nobody as the team to beat, and said that's what these visits are for. "It's just a better way to become familiar with the programs recruiting me, the coaches and everything else," he said, adding that "There is a lot to learn and I just have to do that."
Nebraska scored one of the best classes of offensive linemen last year, three of their five commits ranking 15th or better in the country at their respective positions. But the Big Red will lose three starters next year, two at tackle and one at center. In two years the Huskers look to lose only two to graduation, neither of which has started as of yet.