In the weeks following National Signing Day, the Texas A&M coaching staff made a strong, early push for some of the Lone Star State's best junior talent. It paid off nicely as the Aggies fed off the early momentum and received verbal commitments from 19 blue chip prospects by March. One of those commitments came from highly regarded defensive back/receiver Keon Furtch from Paris, Texas who pledged to Texas A&M along with teammate Jordan Fields.
Now, the assignment for the Aggies is to fend off suitors from rival schools looking to switch these commitments over the next nine months. If the sentiments of Furtch are any indication, Texas A&M should be just fine.
"I'm committed to Texas A&M, " Furtch said. "I'm happy with my choice and I'm not looking at any other schools. Jordan and I can't wait to get down there when it's time."
Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione and assistant coach Bob Debesse visited Paris High School on Tuesday and got to see first hand the abilities of their two prized recruits from northeast Texas. According to the 6-foot-3, 197-pound athlete, they were impressed.
"After practice, Coach (Franchione) said I'm a really good back and that they were happy to have me committed," Furtch said. "I told them I was happy to be an Aggie."
Prior to his commitment to A&M, Furtch was hearing from a large contingent of schools including Arkansas, Kansas, Texas Tech, OU, Nebraska, and Florida to name a few. However, Furtch says that most schools have backed off after hearing about his commitment.
"I was hearing from some schools right after I committed," Furtch said. "But I told them I was committed to A&M and they've backed off a little bit."
Right now, the Paris native is focusing on spring football and working to improve his game while doing what he can to put his team in position to compete for a state title.
"I'm working out five times a day looking to get bigger, faster, and better," Furtch said. "In practice I'm playing receiver, free safety, and doing some kickoff returns. Whatever it takes to help the team."
Speaking of his team, Furtch has high expectations for the Wildcats of Paris.
"The team looks really good. We've got a lot of talented players," Furtch said. "If we work hard and take care of our business, we should go a long way. If we push it, I think state is a possibility."
Furtch does not have any plans for the summer in regard to attending football camps or combines. He currently plays AAU basketball for Team Larry Johnson and that will be his focus this summer.
Furtch happy to be an Aggie
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