Talented prep standout from the St. Louis area, Furmanek has a winning pedigree and is coming off an honor-laden senior campaign.
High School: Helped guide the Althoff Catholic to the Illinois Class 2A title game as a senior where he posted a team-high 10 tackles, 9 solos and a fumble recovery vs. Mercer County in the championship ... Coach Ken Turner's Crusaders finished 10-4 overall in 2012 ... The Area Player of the Year also garnered Illinois first-team all-state honors as a senior as well as all-conference and all-city distinction ... Earned Belleville News-Democrat and Post-Dispatch Player of the Week honors as a senior ... Was also all-city and all-conference as a sophomore and junior ... Was named football team captain his final two seasons ... Two-year starting center on the Althoff basketball team.
Personal: Erik Alexander Furmanek was born 10/15/94 in Belleville, Ill. ... Son of Phil and Celeste Furmanek of Belleville ... Has two sisters, Nicole and Erin ... Undecided on major.