Earlier this afternoon, Drew Rosenhaus announced on Twitter that former University of Miami linebacker Thurston Armbrister has signed with Rosenhaus Sports Representation.
As part of an 18-member 2011 signing class that featured four four-star recruits, Thurston Armbrister played his college football career with a chip on his shoulder. In the summer that followed his graduation from Hollywood Hills HS (FL), Armbrister found himself with a zero-star recruiting rank and only one scholarship offer. It wasn’t until Miami’s Mark D’Onofrio took notice of Armbrister’s speed, size, and potential that Armbrister realized his dream to play NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football.
Entering the University of Miami as an undersized safety, Armbrister soon found himself questioning whether or not his dream had actually come true. “At first I didn’t think it was going to last long,” Armbrister said, “but after getting here, putting in the work, things started going may way.” While looking up to Ray Ray Armstrong and Vaughn Telemaque on the safety depth chart, Armbrister didn’t think he had a shot at being a safety in big-time college football. After receiving praise from his coaching staff and given the starting nod on special teams, Armbrister started believing that he “could work [his] way up.”
–Boy, did he ever.–
Following a move to the linebacker position following his freshman year, Armbrister continued to grow in his new role, and has made his presence felt ever since. So much so that, today, Thurston Armbrister has “worked his way up” from an un-ranked, un-recruited and, perhaps, under-valued high school player to signing with an NFL super-agent and preparing for the 2015 NFL Draft.
Projected as the 55th-best pick at outside linebacker, Armbrister is praised for his intangibles, such as his playmaking abilities, as well as his tangible skills, including his strength at the point of contact. Armbrister may find that his best chance to enter the League will come in the form of a 7th-round selection or as an undrafted free agent signing in the days following the conclusion of the Draft.
Drew Rosenhaus is no stranger to Miami Hurricane football, so it comes as no surprise that he and Rosenhaus Sports Representation have signed another ‘Cane. Rosenhaus has served as player-representative for several football stars who profess an unwavering allegiance to “The U,” of the most notable are Warren Sapp, Zach Thomas, Frank Gore, and Willis McGahee.