Furman Visits UNC

Josh Furman concluded a three-school road trip Saturday with a stop in Chapel Hill for North Carolina's Spring Game.

"When I got down there, they showed me a lot of love and they seemed like really great men – I got to vibe with them a lot," Furman said. "It was a nice visit. It was raining a little bit, but the campus was nice and had beautiful women walking around going to class – good to see things like that. And they had a good spring scrimmage."

Furman, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete from Millersville (Md.) Old Mill, began his road trip last Thursday stopping by Virginia Tech and Duke on consecutive days.

Eight schools have extended scholarship offers to Furman – Duke, Maryland, Michigan, UNC, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

With last week's trip, Furman has visited all of the schools that have offered him, except Michigan and Oklahoma. Despite all the visits, he isn't any closer to naming any favorites.

"I've got to see more," Furman said. "It's so hard trying to make a decision on if I like it or not. I don't feel like I can be successful at it if I haven't seen the whole [school].

"I wish [I could name a leader]. I can't even have a top right now. I'm a big college football fan, so I like every school, pretty much. I've just got to see more, see what they can offer me, and see how successful I can be there."

Furman doesn't plan to make a verbal commitment until after his senior football season.

Besides the spring game, Furman's UNC stay entailed a tour of the football facilities including the weight room and locker room.

Throughout his visit, Furman spent a great deal of time with assistant coaches Sam Pittman and John Blake.

"I really like them – they're great men," Furman said. "Coach Pittman is really funny."

Before heading back north, Furman met with Butch Davis.

"He was just telling me how good this program is and I was telling him about what's been going on in my life," Furman said. "We got to connect right there. I really thought of him as a great person, too."

UNC is primarily recruiting Furman as an outside linebacker, but recognizes his potential to play other positions.

"They said I'm very athletic so I can play running back if I want to, too," Furman said. "It's my decision."

Some schools are recruiting Furman as a linebacker, some like him as a running back, and some are even recruiting him for both positions.

Furman says the position he's being recruited for will factor into his collegiate decision. He prefers running back.

"I like playing offense a lot," Furman said. "But if I feel as though I can be more successful on defense, I'll take that chance."

For Old Mill, Furman has been starting at both running back and linebacker since his sophomore season. As a freshman, Furman played wide receiver and running back, until settling in at defensive end, where he ended the season second on the team in sacks.

Last fall, Old Mill added the "Wildcat" formation to its offense with Furman accepting the snap.

"90-percent of the time [that we ran the ‘Wildcat'], it was a touchdown," Furman said. "They just didn't know what happened when I was at the quarterback spot."

Furman ended his junior season with 796 yards and 14 touchdowns on 105 rushes. He also recorded 87 tackles, including 25 for a loss and eight sacks on defense.

His father is former Maryland nose guard Tyrone Furman, who played for the Terps from 1979 to 1983 and was a three-year letterman.

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