Thurston looking forward to visit

During the later part of this weekend, offensive lineman Paul Thurston will make a visit to the campus of Notre Dame. We caught up with Paul for the latest.

There is no shortage of takers for Arvada (CO) West High School offensive tackle prospect Paul Thurston and for good reasons.

The athletic Thurston has the physical frame many college programs look for in offensive linemen at 6-foot-5, 270-pounds.

What interest has Notre Dame shown in the past few weeks?

"Coach (Tony) Alford was at my school last week. Since then I have spoken with Coach Alford a little bit and plan on going out to South Bend on Sunday and Monday. I'm looking forward to speaking with Coach (Brian) Kelly and the coaches and also excited about seeing everything they have to offer."

One thing that has impressed Paul is the relationship he is building with Coach Alford.

"Coach Alford is a good one. During all last season I was able to email him and call him a lot just to see how things were going."

While this will be the first time he's visited campus, Paul has some things he will be looking hard at with the Irish.

"I'm going to be looking at their strength program. I know going into college, I will need a good strength program. I also want to like my coach and make sure I like the way he coaches."

As for were the Irish project him to play, Paul is open.

"I do not know exactly. Coach Alford has said he could see me playing tackle. But I guess it would be where ever I fit into their scheme the best."

Where do the Irish stand at this time during his recruitment?

"They are up there that is for sure. Top 5 I would say as I am definitely interested in Notre Dame."

As far as going away from home, this is something the Thurston family has already experienced and does not look to be much of a factor.

"For me it will not be too big of a factor. My brother left home and is now playing college football so I do not see it as an issue."

As for that older brother, there could be a chance the Thurston brothers could line up against each other if Paul would select the Irish.

"My brother will be playing for the Naval Academy this year. He attended their prep school last year, but will be there this year. It would be weird, but also kind of fun blocking him in a game."

Asked to describe his strengths and weaknesses, Paul gave us the report college coaches are telling him.

"My (nasty) ability to put people on their backs and my overall athleticism has caught a lot of coaches' eyes. I can move out in space being able to pull and make blocks downfield. Those are the things coaches are telling me. I know I need to get bigger to compete with the bigger players I will find in college, and must also work on my technique."

Irish Eyes will check back with Paul following his visit to Notre Dame early next week. Top Stories