Michigan Football Recruiting: Noah Furbush — 2014 Time Capsule
Noah Furbush was the fourth recruit out of the remaining nine not on campus already to sign and send in his letter of intent on signing day. He is from Kenton High School, coached by Mike Mauk who has sons (Ben and Maty) that were recruited by Michigan at one time.
A little side-note about Coach Mauk he had decided to coach in Missouri (Springfield, MO) and take over the Springfield Glendale program which went 2-8 last season to be closer to his son. In 31 years at Kenton, Mauk compiled a record of 221-122 and two state titles in 2001 and 2002. The last losing record Mauk had at Kenton was 2-8 in 1992.
GBMWolverine Readers: Here is a overview of University of Michigan 2014 Signed Commit Noah Furbush.
Birthday: October 8, 1995
Current Position: Linebacker
Future Position: Linebacker / Defensive End
City/State: Kenton, Ohio
High School: Kenton
Head Coach: Mike Mauk
Recruiter: Coach Al Borges and Mark Smith
Official Visit: 12/13/2013
Top Offers: Missouri, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Tennessee.
Class: 2014 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed).
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Coach Hoke on Furbush:
“Noah’s a big, tall linebacker out of Kenton High School in Ohio. He has a lot of range. We’re looking for more range, taller guys at that position. He’s physical, played with a cast all year on his wrist and had a really good senior year.”
Recorded 239 tackles, 43.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and three forced fumbles on defense and hauled in six receptions for 102 yards and one touchdown on offense during career. Posted 124 tackles, 30.0 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a senior. Registered 115 tackles and 13.0 TFL’s as a junior.
Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.
Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.
10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.
Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.
His Recruiting Story:
From Coach Mauk: “I think as a player he’s going to bring exceptional athleticism,” and “He’s got exceptional explosion, power and is a very physical player. He’s very athletic and has got good speed, good burst and he makes a lot of plays. “He’s also long and athletic at 6-foot-4, 235-pounds and moves and reacts and changes direction extremely well. “He’s got a great work ethic and is very dedicated and hard working always trying to improve and get better. He’s got great group leadership skills and is a guy who’s got good morals and is a great student as he places a heavy emphasis on his academic work. “He’s the kind of guy you like leading your football team and we’re excited about his senior year and the leadership he’s going to give our team and his ability to make plays as a player.”
Think the biggest question mark for college coaches were where does Furbush end up at in regards to position? Does he gain 10 pounds and play linebacker or does he gain 30 pounds and play defensive end?
Reflecting back on his recruitment, Michigan was the first school to get involved with Furbush and it turns out that played a role in deciding to play for the Maize & Blue. “I definitely really appreciated their interest and genuineness toward me,” Furbush said. “That rang a lot with me. “But at the same time I wanted to wait a few months like I did after they offered me just to get a feel for everything else. It ended up they were the right place for me but I definitely really appreciated that from them.” A quick drive into Ohio from Ann Arbor, Furbush likes how close he’ll be from his hometown when he heads off to college. “It’s two hours away from where I live,” Furbush said. “I think it’s a great chance for my family and friends to come and get to see me play. I think that probably played the biggest role just having my family close, my friends close. “My brother is going to college up at U-of-M Flint so that’s always a big plus (too).” Building a special relationship with Coach Brady Hoke, Furbush see’s himself in a similar role as the fellow Ohio native — just a regular guy, not overly fond of attention. “I’ve gotten to talk to him every time I’ve been up there,” Furbush said. “He’s a really great guy. I love him to death. He’s very honest, just a good guy and just kind of an ordinary guy, to be honest. He doesn’t view himself as higher than anyone else. He’s just a great, honest guy.”
Noah has added quite a bit of weight since he committed. The weight seemed to make him a slower player and stiffen him. Might have to play with his hand on the ground at Michigan at some point.
Noah Furbush accepted the Michigan offer and committed to the Wolverines in the early summer before a lot of teams could evaluate him and offer.
It has become obvious that Michigan is prowling around for linebacker candidates and has put out several fishing hooks nationwide. Furbush grabbed the bait and came into the fold, frankly, probably a smart move on his part as several others may have been nearing a decision.
Noah Furbush plays linebacker for one of the top small schools in Ohio, Kenton High School. Noah plays for Coach Mauk and the vaunted Kenton Wildcats. He is a long, wiry athlete with a solid fame. Noah could eventually play either SAM linebacker or rush defensive end at Michigan. Noah is an outstanding student with a 4.0 GPA.
Noah is a high motor and strong effort type of player. Our sources close to the Kenton program informed us he is an extremely hard worker. Noah has good length and a solid frame to add the needed weight and strength. He does everything well, but also does nothing that that just wows you. Perhaps the greatest strength of his game is against the pass. Noah makes solid drops and blitzes well.
He will need to put some time in the weight room to add weight and strength. Some of us are less than convinced about his stated weight of 235 pounds. He needs to be more consistent with leverages and wrapping up when tackling. Noah also needs to stop leaving his feet when tackling, one of our pet peeves!
Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?
GBMWolverine believes he will definitely red-shirt his first year.
Noah Furbush reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Current Michigan Football Player — Brennen Beyer — who plays Defensive End / Linebacker.
We wasn’t a big fan when he committed, but hope we are wrong! We wish Noah nothing but the best and would be exceptionally glad to see him succeed. One thing for certain, having another strong student on the team should never be underestimated.
We welcome Noah Furbush to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!
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