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Trips are helping Thurston

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Paul Thurston has been taking visits this spring and on Tuesday just got back from Michigan and Notre Dame, two schools that have offered and he said both will remain on his list moving forward.
"It was crazy," Thurston said of his South Bend and Ann Arbor trips. "They are two great schools so there was a ton of really nice stuff and just a ton of tradition there.
"Both places I just toured the campuses and saw all the football stuff. It was interesting looking at all of it. I really liked both places. They told me how they wanted me there but they weren't pressing for me to commit, either."
The Arvada (Colo.) Arvada West offensive tackle has also been to Nebraska and Oregon this spring and those trips have helped the 6-foot-5, 274-pounder figure out what he likes and what he can do without when it becomes decision time.
"It's definitely helped me put these schools in perspective," Thurston said.
"After seeing them on TV for all those years and then being there is completely different. The campuses are great and you meet all the coaches so it definitely helps."
Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Stanford and a few other programs have stopped by Arvada West in recent weeks to see Thurston, who said he might take more trips in the next couple months before he starts formulating a decision. There is no rush to make a commitment.
So far, the four-star prospect who's rated No. 137 by Rivals.com has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford and Utah.
"I'll see what else happens in May," Thurston said. "I'm having a lot more coaches talk to me now so we'll see what happens and I'll probably take some more visits."
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