Class of 2012

Paul Thurston

HometownArvada, CO
High schoolWest

Arvada (Colo.) tackle Paul Thurston picked NU over Oregon and Michigan, becoming the Huskers' fifth commit of the 2012 class.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pounder could slide inside to guard for the Huskers. He’s the second Colorado prepster in four years to pick Nebraska over Oregon. Starting left tackle Jeremiah Sirles did so in 2009.

“I have a nasty streak and I love driving people, putting them in the dirt, and punishing them for coming against me,” Thurston told Huskers Illustrated, a World-Herald recruiting partner.

Ranked as the No. 231 player in the nation and the No. 30 offensive tackle by 247Sports, Thurston continues a good run at offensive linemen for Nebraska, which signed a stellar class in 2011.

Thurston is being recruited to play guard.

“Pelini told me that I have the athleticism to play tackle, but in their new system that they’re going to, he sees me as more of a guard,” Thurston said. “The way it looked to me during the game is that they have a lot of their guards pulling and all that stuff. So that’s definitely something I like doing and could see myself doing.”

The physical Thurston developed a reputation as a ferocious run blocker, playing tackle for Arvada West High School near Denver. Despite Arvada West going just 2-8 in his senior season, Thurston showed the skills and toughness that initially attracted Nebraska. The son of a minister, Thurston was home-schooled growing up, but doesn’t hesitate to mix it up on the field.

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Photo Credit: The Denver Post

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