Furr And No. 1 Carver Off To Hot Start

DeRon Furr

An Auburn football commitment, quarterback DeRon Furr, talks about getting off to a 2-0 start and his visit to the Plains last weekend.

Columbus, Ga.--It was a wild and crazy atmosphere with around 15,000 fans in attendance, but the crowd didn't bother Auburn commitment DeRon Furr and his Carver High teammates as they dismantled rival Shaw at Memorial Stadium last Friday night.

This season Carver has gotten off to a blazing fast start under the guidance of Furr. In the season opener the Tigers blitzed Spencer High 40-0, also in front of a packed house, with Furr going 7-11 through the air for 71 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a 58-yard touchdown run. That set up a showdown with another in-city rival, Shaw High, in week two. The team that knocked the Tigers out of the playoffs last season in the semi-finals, Shaw didn't put up nearly the fight many were expecting.

"We have a lot of young players that have had to step up on defense, but right now we're ranked number one in the state," Furr says. "We're 2-0 after beating the number three team in the state Shaw High School last week, 29-7.

"They sold out those games," Furr says. "I think they sold out the same game last year, but we have a lot more fans this year than last year."

In the game against Shaw, Carver struggled in the first half with just 39 yards of offense, but still held the lead thanks to a 15-yard scamper by Furr for a scored. In the second half he hurt the Raiders through the air, completing 5-6 passes for 109 yards to seal the game for the Tigers.

Furr is a big prospect who throws the ball well in the pocket and on the run.

A physically gifted athlete, the 6-3, 223 Furr possesses a blend of size and speed that makes him one of the more intriguing players in Georgia this year. Showing his ability to run the football as well as throw it, Furr says that his game is much more refined as a senior than he's been his first two years.

"My game has improved a lot," Furr says. "My decision making has improved. I have only been playing quarterback for three years so I'm seeing myself get better and better after each game and practice. I learn more and more every day.

"I watched a lot of stuff that other people did to see if it would better me," he adds. "My coach also had things he told me not to do and to go watch other people do those things right. That helped me out also."

Teammate Jarmon Fortson has also been a terror to open the 2008 season from his wide receiver position. Playing only the first half of the opener and then with just six passes thrown in the second half in the win over Shaw, Fortson has still managed to catch nine passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns in just two games this season.

Furr and younger brother LeRon Furr (6-2, 210 junior linebacker for Carver) came to Auburn's game against South Florida on Saturday night along with Fortson to check out the Tigers. Although he's an Auburn commitment, Furr says that was his first trip to Jordan-Hare Stadium and it's something he won't soon forget.

"I liked the atmosphere a lot," Furr says. "I didn't know it was like that. A lot of people had told me so I wanted to see for myself. The people were really into the game. It was a big difference from the summer. People were all in the streets. Everybody was excited. The crowd was into it. After seeing that I feel like I made the right decision.

"Just being a competitor I wanted to play then," he adds. "Watching them warm up I wanted to get in a uniform and play. I also wanted to see my competition. I wanted to see if they let Kodi Burns in the game."

Furr says he plans to set up his official visit soon to Auburn and may visit South Florida and Kentucky some time before signing day. Although he's still going to look, Furr claims there's no worry about him. "I'm solid with Auburn," he says. "Very solid."

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