Months ago, Trip Thurman didn’t think he’d be getting much attention from a program that has won two national championships in four years. He figured he’d be floating around his comfort zone that is the northeast part of the country.
But on one cold February day, the Dover, Del., offensive lineman was shocked to learn that his coach had gotten a call from Steve Addazio at the University of Florida. The Gators’ offensive coordinator — and then interim head coach — was interested in Thurman coming down to Gainesville to check out what Florida had to offer.
Thurman made it Gainesville and came away with a lot of interest in the Gators. Since then, Thurman has attracted attention from tons of schools and even got an offer from Florida in late April.
Wednesday, Thruman and his high school coach hosted Addazio at Dover High.
“It was pretty nice,” Thurman said of Addazio’s visit. “That was the first time that I had a college coach like that come in and talk to me at high school.”
Thruman said one of the things that impressed him the most about Addazio was that there wasn’t a lot of talk about football. The three mostly talked about life and how Thurman was doing off the field. It’s been that quality in Addazio that Thurman said he’s always appreciated, even before he was offered a scholarship. Thurman said he’s always been impressed by the way Addazio has tried to get to know him as a person, not just a football player.
“It means a lot to me because a lot of other coaches will call me and offer me out of nowhere and not get to know me or my family,” he said. “But Addazio has made the extra effort to get to know me, my coach and my family and that means a lot.”
Thurman said he currently doesn’t have any sort of list of schools he favors at this point, but is “very interested in Florida.”
“It’s a good opportunity and they have great tradition,” Thurman said of Florida. “It’s a really good school. I like the coaches a lot, especially Addazio. I just like how he builds relationships before he goes and offers guys like me. When I came down this spring we had a great talk and he really likes me.”
Thurman said he plans to attend Florida’s summer camp in June and would like to participate at Penn State’s and Maryland’s camps as well.
Other schools pursuing the 6-foot-6, 302-pound tackle include South Carolina, West Virgina, Rutgers, Tennessee and Wisconsin, among others.