Hereford High School long-pole midfielder Sam Furman is part of a talented group of underclassmen who are expected to make a significant impact for the Bulls this season. He played in the Under Armour Underclass Tournament this past summer. Furman also made the Blue Chip camp, one of the top recruiting events in the country. He will help handle face-off duties for the Bulls. "This kid can do it all, outstanding player in every aspect of that statement," Bulls head coach Salvatore Picataggi said.
What did you like best about playing in the Under Armour Underclass Tournament? Was it difficult to gel with players from so many different areas and teams?
Sam Furman: The Under Armour Underclass Tournament was an incredible experience. I liked that I got the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the country. It was a great experience to be able to compete against players from so many different states. I don't think the Baltimore players had any difficulties gelling as a team. Several of the players I had played with in youth rec ball, so it was fun to see them all again. Even though the team was comprised of boys from all over Maryland and from many different high schools, everyone was a talented lacrosse player and knew the job they had to get done on the field.
What are your goals heading into next season at Hereford?
SM: My No. 1 goal is to help Hereford High School win states. We lost in the semis last year, and this year, I plan on us going all the way. Personally, I want to work on finishing my scoring opportunities. As a long-pole middie, I want to go against the best offensive player the other team has to offer and shut him down. I want to take the ball away from him, go down the field and score.
How much time did you invest in club ball this past summer and fall?
SM: Club ball was a huge commitment. We start up as soon as high school ball finishes and go through mid-July, with practices and tournaments just about every week. We only have about three weeks off before we start in with team tryouts, practices and two fall tournaments that take us into mid-November. Also, during that time I would fit in individual showcase tournaments and college prospect camps that I was invited to.
Is there one area of your game that you've tried to improve the most in the offseason?
SM: I want to make sure I can handle any player I come up against no matter what their size and strength. I have put a lot of emphasis in getting faster, stronger and more agile in the offseason. I run, lift and do agility training daily. I have a very competitive brother, so that helps keep me on my toes. I also work out with a trainer to help me with my shooting and defensive skills.
What is your strategy as far as the college recruiting process? Are you looking to take your time, or would you consider committing early to a school?
SF: The college recruiting process can be very confusing. I have been lucky enough to get a lot of personal invites to individual prospect camps. I have also personally emailed, called and had my high school and club coaches speak to my prospective schools. I also send any prospective colleges I am interested in game footage along with my school transcripts and PSAT scores. I would consider an early commitment if the right school offered me the opportunity. I want to play D-I ball, but I want to make sure the college is a good fit for me. Academics and atmosphere play an important role in my decision.