Star Athlete Considering VT for an Official

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6-2, 195-pound Josh Furman, an exceptional athlete who posted an electronically-timed 4.36-second 40-yard dash at a combine earlier this year, has earned 13 official Division 1 offers but is looking to narrow his list of schools by August 15th, the first day of Old Mill High School’s (Millersville) preseason practice.

Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are all vying for a spot in Furman’s finalist list. Virginia Tech, one of a handful of schools the talented athlete visited earlier this year, seems to be in solid shape at this point.

“I actually talked to Coach [Kevin] Sherman two weeks ago,” said Furman. “They keep a lot of contact with me. They send me a lot of mail. The coaches send a lot of written letters. I’ve written Virginia Tech high on my list.”

Elaborating more on his Virginia Tech interest, he said, “Growing up, I was a fan of Virginia Tech. Seeing it all in person, I liked the facilities. It gave me more interest.”

Furman, who has also unofficially visited Duke, Maryland, North Carolina and Pitt, will now figure out his official visit destinations.

“My next step on things is official visits,” said Furman, who can begin taking official visits in September. “I’m pretty sure I’ll be taking a Virginia Tech visit. I don’t know when. I’m 100-percent sure Michigan will be one I’ll take in early September. I’ve seen them on TV, but the important thing is seeing them in person.”

Furman was quick to clarify that there is no clear favorite right now, but he listed Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, Pitt and Virginia Tech as programs that have impressed so far. His father attended Maryland, but will that fact may not play a big role when decision time comes.

“I have to find out the best college for me,” said Furman, who has visited College Park numerous times. “If it’s Maryland, I’ll be at Maryland. If it is another college, I’ll be going there.”

A running back and linebacker last season as a junior, Furman will play running back and safety this upcoming season. He looks forward to a new challenge at safety, a position he has yet to play