According to an outfit known as Beast Sports, the Eagles offered 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive tackle Kevin Thurman on Saturday. Thurman is a senior at Mount Carmel High who isn’t ranked by the major recruiting services but holds offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Purdue and Austin Peay.
Eastern Michigan is the third Mid-American Conference team to offer Thurman this month.
— Beast Sports (@iBeastSports) June 28, 2014
Eastern Michigan, an up-and-coming program with a first-year coaching staff, is definitely in the fold to land Thurman. He is the type of player the Eagles should go after on the recruiting trail.
They need to stop wasting their time in offering the best recruits in the nation, because Ypsilanti is an unrealistic landing spot for a prospect who is looking down the barrel of Ohio State or Notre Dame.
Last summer, Thurman was one of the top performers at the National Underclassmen (NUC) Football Combine in Indianapolis. After the event, a press release noted the following about his game:
Thurman has a great body type for the defensive end position. He possesses wide shoulders, long arms, and an athletic looking powerbase. He has a nice inside move which creates a direct route to the quarterback. He was able to rip underneath the offensive tackles and scoot on by unabated to the signal caller. Every year Mount Carmel seems to have physical anomalies and Thurman is no exception.
He must work on coming off the ball quicker and using his hands as weapons. As a defensive end he will need to improve his ability to rush off the edge in order to become a pass rushing monster.