A&M commit likes what he hears about Sherman

It's been a tough road this year for Paris HS athlete Keon Furtch, literally. But he's excited about the future, and discusses his performance this fall and what his reaction was to Mike Sherman taking over as head coach of the Aggies.

It was a tough season for Paris High School finishing the season on a five-game losing streak, but things got even tougher for Texas A&M commit Keon Furtch when he was injured in an automobile accident recently.

"I was driving in my truck when a car swerved into my lane," Furtch said. "I had to swerve off the road and I hit a tree. I had some bumps and bruises and I hurt my neck. My truck was totaled."

His injuries weren't serious, but they have kept the 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete off the hard court in recent weeks, but he's feeling better now and should be back playing basketball soon.

"I'm scheduled to play this Saturday," Furtch said. "I'm really looking forward to getting back on the court and helping my team."

The Paris basketball team is currently 9-3, and the return of Furtch should make the Wildcats a formidable team in district play. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case for the football team, as off-field issues doomed the football team to finish the season on a losing streak.

"We didn't have a good season. We had the athletes, but some of the players thought they knew more than the coach," Furtch said. "We had players and parents arguing with coaches, and then we had seven players kicked off the team. Three were seniors. It wasn't good."

Through it all, Furtch did his best to do his job and keep the team together, but in the end it wasn't enough to stop the year-end slide.

"I gave it 100%. The coaches needed me to move around and help where I could," Furtch said. "I played tailback, receiver, safety--really where they needed me to help. I probably played more receiver than anything else."

Despite the recent hard times with the football team and the car accident, Furtch continues to have a positive mindset and is upbeat about his future.

"I'm looking forward to a great basketball season and my final semester in high school," Furtch said. "I've worked hard at my grades and they've been good, and then I have Texas A&M to look forward to next year."

With his busy schedule, the Scout.com three-star defensive back prospect still hasn't spoken directly to new Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman, but he likes what he's heard about the current Houston Texans offensive coordinator.

"I've been real busy with basketball and everything going on with the accident," Furtch said. "He's tried to call me several times, but we keep missing each other. But from what I can tell, he's a good man and a good coach. I'm hearing a lot of good things about him."

Coach Bob Debesse stopped by the high school this week and spoke to Furtch about Coach Sherman and the situation at A&M, and he made it clear that the new staff wants the Paris defensive back in Aggieland. That has reassured Furtch, although he does want to meet the new coach face-to-face very soon.

"I feel like I'm solid to A&M, but I don't want to close any doors until I actually meet Coach Sherman and know what he's like. I mean, what if we don't connect or something," Furtch said. "Don't get me wrong. I'm Aggie-fied and I'm pretty sure I'll be an Aggie, but I just want to make sure I make the right choice."

Since the coaching change at Texas A&M, other schools have been hotly pursuing the Paris product, and they are still pushing to set up on-campus visits.

"My phone is like a hotline. I'm getting calls all the time, but it's hard to pick-up all the time with basketball and everything," Furtch said. "I'm hearing the most from OSU, OU, and Kansas. They want me to visit, but that's tough with basketball on the weekends, but I'm going to try to set something up. I also need to get down to A&M."

Furtch hopes to speak with Sherman this weekend, since the Texans play on Thursday.




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