Welcome to another edition of Recruiting Roundup! Even though they have signed, we're still talking about the football class of 2015. We will also update you on the progress of the 2016 basketball commits in the playoffs.
Lord of the Rings:
Safety Juan Thornhill's talents extend way beyond the football field. This morning, Thornhill scored 11 points and dished out six assists the help the Altavista basketball team win its third consecutive state title. Thornhill now has five, that's right five state championship rings (three in basketball plus two in football). The 6-1, 175 pound athlete rewrote the school's football record book this past fall, and will join Quin Blanding to make one heckuva duo at safety.
Stalker a Starter?
Though he's only been on grounds for a couple of months, linebacker C.J. Stalker is already the talk of the football program. Last week, head coach Mike London indicated that Stalker would enter spring ball as a starter. Stalker enrolled at UVa this past January, and will join a linebacker corps needing to replace all three starters from last year's squad. The Ohio native is rated four stars and the 13th best inside linebacker in the country for the class of 2014 by Rivals. Stalker has experience playing both inside and out, so it will be interesting to see where he is slotted.
Offensive tackle Grant Polk enrolled in January along with Stalker, and will partake in spring practice as well. Polk will likely redshirt this fall, but could see some meaningful reps in the spring, especially with the injury situation on the offensive line.
Switching to basketball, where 2015 signee, Jarred Reuter's team won the NEPSAC AAA State Championship over the weekend. Reuter led Brewster Academy with nine rebounds in the Bobcats' 71-62 win over St. Thomas More. The future Wahoo was sidelined for a chunk of this season with a broken hand, but is healing up at the right time. Reuter and the Bobcats will now compete for the program's fourth national title in six years.
Point guard commit Ty Jerome scored 18 points, but it was not enough, as his Iona Prep squad fell to Xaverian 50-48 in the state semi finals. Jerome started Tuesday night's semifinal on fire, netting his team's first 10 points off of 4-4 shooting. The junior played most of the game in foul trouble, but managed to keep his team within striking distance. Jerome cut the lead to two off of a pair of clutch free throws, but could not pull off the miracle when his half court heave fell short at the buzzer.
Speaking of state semifinal-heartbreakers, Kyle Guy's Lawrence Central squad fell to eventual state champion Lawrence North 53-48. Congrats to the two guards as well as Sacha Killey-Jones on great playoff runs.
That will do it for today's Recruiting Roundup. Have a great week everybody!