While Keon Furtch is one of the top safeties in the Lone Star state, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect from Paris (TX) spent a majority of his summer traveling the summer with his AAU basketball team, Team Larry Johnson. Those travels landed the small town versatile athlete in Las Vegas for one of the biggest AAU events of the year.
"We finished in 8th place. We could've done better but I guess we did okay," Furtch said. "It was a fun tournament playing against good competition. I thought I did pretty good."
When Furtch and his teammates weren't playing basketball, they were getting a taste of Las Vegas and the City of Lights.
"Yeah, we had a great time. We stayed at The Las Vegas Club on the strip and we walked around seeing different hotels and casinos," Furtch said. "My girlfriend came with me and we saw the show at Treasure Island. We wanted to see The Blue Man Group but we couldn't make it. My favorite casino was the Bellagio and all the water fountains. That was cool."
But Furtch is back home and with football just around the corner, the fun and games are over for now.
"I played some 7-on-7 this summer, but I was mainly playing basketball so I'm ready to put on the pads and hit somebody," Furtch said. "I was up at the school with the team last week and we're ready to go. I'm looking forward to getting started."
He won't have to wait long as Paris HS will begin practices on Monday with their first game on August 31 against Sherman. Furtch will be playing on both sides of the ball at running back and in the defensive secondary. It's that versatility that is attracting the attention of many college coaches despite already being committed to Texas A&M.
"I was hearing a lot from the coaches until the text message rule a few days ago. It's been pretty quiet lately," Furtch said. "I was hearing the most from Coach Debesse at Texas A&M, but coaches from Oklahoma State, Nebraska, and Arkansas also texted me a lot this summer."
Furtch indicated that he rarely responded to these messages, not because he didn't want to, but because he hasn't had the time with playing two sports, traveling, and working while at home.
"I've been so busy that I haven't had a chance to respond or talk to these coaches," Furtch said. "It's not like I don't want to talk to them or I'm trying to ignore them. I just didn't have the time earlier this summer."
Furtch confirmed that he's still committed to the Aggies and is looking forward to his college days, but admits that he wants to closely evaluate the upcoming season to see how teams perform this fall.
"I'm committed to A&M, but I want to keep an eye on the season and see how these teams do," Furtch said. "I'm happy with my decision to commit to A&M. I don't expect to ever change, but it's hard to never say never when you don't know what will happen in the future. I don't think it will change, but you never know."
Furtch enjoys Vegas vacation
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