Big offers are now a weekly occurrence for Arvada West offensive lineman Paul Thurston with top programs such as Oregon, Nebraska, Michigan and now Notre Dame on his list of offers along with Colorado, Utah, Arizona State and Stanford. Humble and level headed, Thurston says he is "pretty excited" about the Notre Dame offer.
Before becoming a national level BCS level prospect, Thurston was able to get a firsthand look at the recruiting experience watching his brother David, now at Navy, and his close friend Marc Mustoe, committed to Colorado, go through the process. Thurston says his brother was helpful with what to expect and how to keep it under control, while Mustoe has given him advice about how to communicate with coaches. Thurston says having major programs recruiting him is, "fun but crazy." Thurston goes on to say the most suprising part about the recruiting attention is the "speed of it all."
This spring Thurston plans to visit the Nebraska spring game and make trips to Oregon and Michigan. Thurston also says he is working with his parents to possibly set up a trip to Notre Dame. Regarding a timeline on a commitment Thurston would like to take all his official visits and make a decision at the end of the 2011 season, but he realizes working with top BCS programs may tighten his timeline. Thurston says he would like to, "hold out on making a decision as long as I can."
Thurston does not have any clear cut favorites but he specifically mentions coaching staffs, coaching philosophies and a strong weight program as keys to what he is looking for in a college program.
This offseason the 6-5 270 pound Thurston is hitting the weightroom hard and has added muscle and good weight to his frame. Currently, Thurston has not made camp plans and is concentrating on working with his Arvada West team which is young and will need the leadership of this three year starter. Just shy of double digit offers, Thurston says USC is a school he would like to potentially get an offer from, but knows he has "good offers now."
Technically very sound, possessing a great motor and playing with just the right amount of mean, Thurston's game will only improve as he gains even more muscle on his frame. As he continues to get stronger and better, expect him to gain more offers.