While at Allentown HS this past fall, Eure's primary priority became his schoolwork, knowing full well that without the grades, college football would not be a part of his future. This past semester, Eure got one step closer to realizing his dream of suiting up for a D-1 school.
"I did fairly well this semester. I walked away with a 2.8 overall. I'm getting really close now," said Eure.
At this point in time, really close means an additional step in the right direction. First, Eure has decided to transfer out of Allentown HS and head to a prep school, where the priority will continue to be his academic progress. He intends to stay enrolled at Prep School for the following two semesters and become eligible and ready to enroll by winter-time next year (spring semester 2008).
Is Eure considering any particular schools at this time?
"Yes, I'm actually heading to Milford Academy [NY] this weekend to take a look. I'm going up with my mom and we're going to take a look at the living arrangements, what it's like up there, the facilities, and get a feel for everything."
Milford, however, is not Eure's only option at this time. Fork Union [Va.] remains a viable option as well - despite that, this weekend's visit to New Berlin may be his first and only Prep School visit before Eure's final decision, which may come as early as next week.
While college recruiting has taken a back step for the time being, Eure continues to maintain interest in many local and regional schools, including Connecticut, Rutgers, West Virginia, Maryland, and Michigan State.
During the off-season Eure has maintained a strict work-out regimen and has focused on improving his speed. Having now filled out at a chiseled 240-pounds, while standing at 6-foot-5-inches, Eure has elevated his numbers in several training tests.
After timing in at over a 5-second 40 at the Scout Combine, Eure is now being electronically timed, with regularity, at 4.74-seconds. His previous vertical jump (one of the best tests for explosive power) of 27-inches has shown dramatic improvement to 32-inches.
Eure by the numbers: (all electronic times)
40-yard dash: 4.74
Considering that Eure has an additional year to get his grades where they need to be, his name is one that local and regional football fans will have to bear in mind for months to come.
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