DT Thurman focused on eight schools

GARLAND, Texas -- Defensive tackle Nick Thurman (Dallas/Lake Highlands) has a list of his top eight schools, and he knows what he’s looking for as he works to trim down that list.

Thurman holds offers from Arkansas, Purdue, Washington State, UTSA, North Texas, Tulsa, Harvard and Columbia. There’s a reason why he includes those Ivy League schools on his list of favorites.

“I come from a family where my mom and dad told me football is just a way to get into college and get an education,” Thurman said. “Obviously it’s got to be a good academic school.”

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman said he’s looking into taking visits to Purdue and Tulsa this fall and wants to see a few schools before narrowing down his options.