Chris Thurston spent his Saturday playing quarterback for Charlottesville at the first-ever Scrimmage Play 7-on-7 tournament. But Thurston's future is at his more familiar running back position.
And that future should go beyond this fall, according to CHS coach Eric Sherry.
"Chris could be a Division I football player, easily," Sherry said Saturday.
"Chris has set his mark his first three years of high school, playing since a ninth grader," Sherry said. "And this year, I think he's poised to have a very successful -- not just himself personally, a senior campaign, but his team. He's been a great leader in the off-season."
"Oh man. That's my biggest goal," Thurston said of playing college football at the highest level. "That's in my heart, 100 percent, and in my brain 100 percent. I'm just trying to go as hard as I can, to make sure I make it to the next level."
"I feel like I can play at the next level," Thurston added. "I've just got to put the work in right now, until it comes."
The 5-7, 162 lb. Thurston averaged 6.7 yards-per-carry as a junior in 2012, rushing for 1,229 yards and 14 touchdowns. Virginia is just one of the ACC schools Thurston says he has heard from, along with Duke and North Carolina. He also listed a pair of Big Ten school -- Wisconsin and Michigan State -- as well as Old Dominion, which will join the FBS-level Conference USA in 2014.
"That's pushing me to the (fullest) extent," Thurston said of those college looks. "Not just on the field, but in the classroom. You want to do all your work. Just reading those letters, putting it in your head, man. That's where I'm trying to be, where I'm trying to make it to."
And Sherry says Thurston's motivation has been pushing his CHS teammates this summer.
"You can tell he's a four-year varsity player. You really can," Sherry said. "He's got his whole mindset right now on his future, his team's future, and getting stuff squared away. So we're really happy with him."