December 30, 2012

CMU no longer pursuing DB Jameer Thurman

One player who was on Central Michigan's radar earlier this season was Hillside (Ill.) Proviso East defensive back Jameer Thurman, and it was even rumored for a short time that he had committed to CMU.

The 6-foot-1 and 190 pound prospect has been one of the bigger mysteries during the 2013 recruiting season, as he picked up early interest from schools following his junior season. He camped at Michigan State and Indiana in the summer, and drew solid reviews for his coverage and speed. A three sport athlete who also excels on the wrestling mat, Thurman also boasts a 3.8 GPA and after a senior season that saw him rack up 100 tackles, his recruitment was expected to pick up. He has added offers from Western Illinois and Southern Illinois to join North Dakota recently, but FBS programs have yet to extend their first offer.

"Personally, I think they all are," said Thurman when asked if schools were overlooking him. "But all the schools I talk to have been hearing from them for awhile. I don't necessarily think I'm being overlooked, it's just the way it has gone."

The Chippewas are one of those schools who have turned down their interest, and they no longer have an offer out to Thurman.

"I haven't talked to CMU recently," added Thurman. "The last time I heard from them was the summer. They told me they were full at my position (defensive back) and didn't have any room for me."

Two schools that have turned up their recruitment of Thurman are Western Michigan and Western Kentucky. Both schools replaced their head coaches this season, and it put the recruitment of Thurman in a little bit of flux.

"Yeah, both had coaching changes, but the coaches who served as my recruiters are both still on the staffs. With Western Michigan, I hadn't heard from them in awhile and then I recently spoke with the new coaching staff. They said they are going to look at my film and evaluate me, before they were one of my top schools."

Thurman is looking to major in Civil Engineering, and a school with that field of study is definitely something he is looking at. While he played mostly safety in high school, some programs are recruiting him as an outside linebacker.

"I would describe myself as just a defensive guy," said Thurman. "I like to hit, and it's my passion to play on the defensive side of the ball and make plays."

He is scheduled to visit North Dakota on January 11th, and then Southern Illinois on January 18th.

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