And when the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder from Dover (Del.) High didn't reschedule the visit but went to a handful of other campuses in the spring, it looked like the Scarlet Knights slid off his radar.
However, such is not the case, as proof by Thurman's trip to Rutgers on Sunday for a barbeque and to meet with coaches, players and other recruits of the class of 2011.
"I went to hang out with the coaches a little bit, get to know (recruiting) coach (Phil) Galiano a little bit better,'' Thurman said. :When the other coach (Joe Susan) left, I didn't get a chance to get to know coach Galiano.''
During the visit Thurman said he spoke to several members of the coaching staff, including Galiano, coach Greg Schiano and Flood.
"(Flood) just said Rutgers is a great place and it's close to home,'' Thurman said. "And my family could come and see me play, and you get a great education.''
Usually, a player of Thurman's stature – he holds more than 20 offers – doesn't attend many camps, but he is thinking about attending a Rutgers camp to get a better feel for Flood's coaching style. Thurman said he "possibly" would camp at Rutgers, and he wouldn't be coming alone.
"I was going to try and bring some of our linemen up there, too, so we can get better and I can see how coach Flood coaches,'' Thurman said. "I kind of wish I went up to one of the (spring) practices. I was scheduled to go up to one of the practices, but it got rained out. I kind of do wish I was able to get to the practice.''
There are several other camps Thurman plans to attend, including one this weekend.
"I know I'm going down to Florida this weekend, and I might just go to a couple area ones with my teammates,'' he said. "I think we're going to Maryland, a couple kids are going up to UConn but I don't think I'm going to go.''
After a busy spring and summer of evaluating programs and visiting campuses, Thurman plans to whittle down his list.
"I want to try and make my decision before, or in the early part of the season so I can focus on winning a state championship,'' Thurman said. "I'm going to trim it down to a top five probably at the end of the summer. I don't know anybody that's going to make the list right now.''