Success comes to those who prepare well and put in effort.
Kenton (Ohio) High outside linebacker Noah Furbush has earned his success.
Major college football recruit: The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Furbush currently holds offers from the likes of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Purdue, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
“He eats more food in a day than I can eat in a week to maintain his size while playing basketball and baseball,” Kenton head coach Mike Mauk said. A left-hander, Furbush has touched 90 on the speed gun. “He’s a consistent guy with his workouts and activities and he loves football.”
Ivy League level student: Furbush maintains straight-As.
“Never got a B on his grade card,” Mauk stated. “He has all straight A’s.”
Aiming for the bullseye in everything he does, and typically hitting it, success has become second nature for Furbush.
“It’s been a real treat,” B.J. Furbush said. “We’re very proud of him. He’s worked very hard to get where he’s at. A very disciplined young man.
“His mom and I try and set the work ethic for all the kids. It’s not unusual for us to get up at the crack of dawn. I always preach the early bird catches the worm . When you commit to something, you get there first and leave last. He’s kind of grown up with that his whole life. He gets the intelligence from his mom and good looks from his dad.”
All kidding aside, Furbush’s competitive attitude was quickly evident according to Mauk.
“I think the first thing that sets him apart is his work habits,” Mauk said. “He’s tremendous and he’s always working to get better. He doesn’t take days offs. He doesn’t come in and just go through the motions with a workout. He’s always giving his best effort.”
On top of Furbush’s effort, there is a ton of talent. As a junior he racked up 115 tackles and a forced fumble.
“He has great explosion,” Mauk said. “Tremendous athletic ability. He has a burst of speed you don’t see in a guy the size he is. He’s long, has good range.”
Ohio State may be the next program to offer. Furbush is visiting the Columbus campus on Thursday. Next weekend he’ll hit Tennessee and he has plans to visit Purdue the weekend of June 7. In the past, Furbush has been to Michigan, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Bowling Green, Toledo and Vanderbilt, with the stop to see the Commodores part of a 7-on-7 tournament last summer.
“I’ll tell you this, Noah is warm and fuzzy with three or four of the places we’ve been to,” Furbush said. “They’re all top-notch schools and top-notch programs.
“In my business I try and do my due diligence, and I tell Noah we’re going to treat this the same way. We’re going to look at everyone that shows interest and the object is to find a program that fits him the best where he’s going to get the best education and there are a lot of programs that fit that bill. At the end of the day, it’s where he feels the most comfortable.”