Thurman ready for Rutgers Trip?

Dover (Del.) High offensive lineman Trip Thurman already holds offers from Rutgers, Maryland and Delaware, and the class of 2011 three-star player was invited to Rutgers for its Junior Day later this month. Thurman talks about whether he will attend the event, and also talks about what he hopes to accomplish in the offseason.

One of the area linemen high on Rutgers' class of 2011 board is Dover (Del.) High's Trip Thurman, who said he is hopeful of attending the Scarlet Knights' mega Junior Day this month.

"I still have to talk to my dad about it and see what we have going on that weekend, but we would like to go up there,'' said Thurman, an offensive tackle.

The 6-foot-5, 293-pound Thurman holds offers from Rutgers, Maryland and Football Championship Subdivision power Delaware.

He has also heard from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Duke, Michigan State, Syracuse and Illinois.

Although Thurman's season ended nearly two months ago, he hasn't had the opportunity to sit down and plan an offseason course to learn more about the schools recruiting him. He was travelling during the holidays, which made it difficult, but that should change shortly. "I haven't mapped out a plan yet,'' he said. "Once I get home I'm going to do that.''

The camp and combine circuit should help Thurman, as will an offseason in the weight room.

"I think I need to improve on my strength, my quickness and my agility,'' Thurman said. "My lower body strength is good. I just need to work on my upper body strength, and my core.''

Thurman added he will also work on the mental aspect, particularly leading Dover after a disappointing 2009 season.

The Senators began the season 3-1, but lost five of its final six games as the defense faltered, allowing more than 40 points in four of the losses.

Thurman was a junior captain, but he said having only four seniors contributed to a lack of leadership.

"I think we fell apart as a team,'' Thurman said. "We lost that team philosophy that we had at the beginning of the season. This offseason we have to work harder in the weight room and come together.''




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