A two-way standout at cornerback and wide receiver, Walter Thurmond, III (6-0, 170, 4.45) from West Covina, Calif., has talent to play either position on the next level. He has the type of speed you can’t teach.
“Walter was timed at the NIKE Camp at 4.48,” West Covina coach Mike Maggiore said. “We’ve timed at 4.45. He’s pretty fast.”
So far in 2004, Thurmond has racked up 53 tackles, eight broken up passes, three tackles for loss, and three picks.
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On the offensive side of the ball, Thurmond has 23 receptions for 618 yards and four touchdowns. He has rushed the football 15 times for 161 yards and one touchdown.
Thurmond is also a very talented kick returner. He has returned seven kicks for 280 yards.
“Walter is a very impressive athlete,” Maggiore said. “He high jumps 6-8 and he went to state in the 110 high hurdles with a 14.1 time.”
“Walter can also pole vault 13 feet,” Maggiore said. “If he wanted to, Walter has the ability to become a decathlon athlete.”
Walter can play offense or defense when he gets on the collegiate level,” Maggiore said. “As a corner he is very physical.”
“Like I said, Walter is a very impressive athlete,” Maggiore said. “He can play at the highest level.”
“Walter currently has two offers from Wyoming and San Diego State,” Maggiore said. “Oregon and Utah call him all the time.”
Washington and Arizona State have also been showing a lot of interest. UCLA is starting to get into the picture of late.
Thurmond is very interested in running track in college and if Oregon were to offer him that could be the end of his recruitment.
The Ducks are at this time leading for Thurmond’s services.