Furtch running at full speed

It's tough enough for most high school students to balance school and extracurricular activities, but for Paris (TX) athlete Keon Furtch, that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Most high school athletes are busy juggling school, sports, and other extra-curricular activities. Time management is especially difficult for those gifted athletes going through the recruiting process, especially those good enough to be recruited by numerous Division I coaches.

Then there is Keon Furtch.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete from Paris (TX) has even more on his plate than the typical highly recruited high school prospect, despite having already committed to Texas A&M.

"My mom has been laid up with a bad back and she couldn't work," Furtch said. "So I've had to get a job and help pay the bills. I work at a steakhouse here."

It's not uncommon for high school students to get a part-time job on the weekends or after school, but when you are an athlete playing football and AAU basketball, it causes unique challenges.

"Because I had to work, I missed most of our spring game," Furtch. "I got in there and played part of the game. I don't like the fact that I wasn't there for it all, but when you've got to make ends meet, you do what you have to do."

Despite his limited work in the spring game, his coaches at Paris HS are counting on the gifted athlete to carry the load even more his senior year.

"They had me playing everywhere this spring. In the fall, I'll play free safety and some tailback," Furtch said. "Then I'll play on all the special teams returning kicks. Oh, and I'm now the punter too."

With so much on his plate, Furtch hasn't had time to talk to many coaches, even the Texas A&M coaches.

"I just don't have the time for that right now," Furtch said. "The A&M coaches text me a lot, and I have a hard time keeping up with them. Other schools are trying to contact me, but I don't have the time."

Furtch said his mom is doing better and she may be returning to work soon, so that will give him more time to focus on his AAU basketball and offseason football.

With his schedule getting back to normal, he plans to keep in better touch with the A&M coaches, but will he also start listening to other schools who are interested in his services?

"I'm committed to Texas A&M," Furtch said. "I can't say whether I will listen to other schools or not. It depends on what happens with A&M and what other schools have to say. I'm solid to A&M now."

Furtch continues his busy schedule this weekend, traveling with his AAU basketball team to a tournament in Lewisville.

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