After a standout performance on the summer camp circuit it appeared Hillside (Ill.) Proviso West safety Jameer Thurman was destined for a wave of scholarship offers. The 6-foot, 190-pound prospect still waits on those offers heading into the winter, however.
Thurman recently wrapped up his senior season with close to 100 total tackles, eight pass break ups, two blocked kicks and an interception. He has been waiting for good news from college coaches and did pick up new interest in the last week.
"Kansas called me the other day and they want me to come to a game before the season is over," Thurman said. "They saw my tape and he were impressed. It is a Big 12 school and BCS - even though it is ten hours away, I am very excited."
Kansas linebackers coach DeMontie Cross was the one who made contact with Thurman. The Chicago area prospect also had been in touch with Illinois coaches regularly, but received unwelcome news from the Illini recently.
"I had been calling them every week, but they said they are just going to go with JUCO players in the secondary," Thurman said.
Thurman still plans to attend Illinois' home game against Minnesota this weekend with his coach and teammate Jamaal Payton.
Thurman did add an offer from North Dakota on Wednesday. Other schools that have shown strong interest to date are Western Illinois and Southern Illinois and trips with those schools could be scheduled in the coming months.
"Western wants me to come down there for an official visit," Thurman said. "Southern still doesn't know yet. They love my film, but said they are not ready to pull the trigger yet and are going to start offering people after the season."