Freeport's Thimons continues to move forward
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Freeport's Logan Thimons is an outdoors-loving kid. He often helps his father, Jim, work on the family farm. And there aren't many things he enjoys more than hunting and fishing.
“I was never a big fan of the indoors,” Thimons said.
It didn't take much for West Virginia University to reel in Thimons, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound junior linebacker who opened training camp with his teammates on Monday with a new label: Division I recruit.
On his second prospect-camp visit in late July, he impressed WVU coaches enough for them to offer him a scholarship. A week later, he accepted, giving the Mountaineers a verbal commitment.
Now, the focus shifts to one of his final two seasons of high school football. Thimons, an all-conference defensive lineman as a sophomore, will play linebacker for the Yellowjackets, who also will depend on his skills in the offensive backfield and at tight end.
“This is one of my top teams in terms of work ethic,” Freeport coach John Gaillot said. “They are the hardest-working kids teamwise. And Logan is one of them. He never quits.”
Thimons admits he doesn't watch much television, although he's taken a liking to watching West Virginia and Steelers games. After all, there is that farm, whose owner is a proud father who will have his son walk in his footsteps and play college football.
Jim Thimons was a standout tight end/defensive end at Highlands and played collegiate ball at IUP.
“My dad helped toughen me up,” Logan said. “He didn't take it easy on me when we'd play in the yard, and that helped me. I have had support from all over: my parents and grandparents, a lot of people.”
WVU wants Thimons as a middle linebacker. Gaillot said he believes they're getting a good one.
“You watch him on film ... somebody breaks one, gets through the second level and into the secondary,” Gaillot said. “But here comes Logan to make the play. I have yet to see him standing around.”
Thimons, who made 97 tackles last season, said the feeling was surreal when he shook hands with Tom Bradley, a new WVU assistant coach and former Penn State assistant. That feeling grew when he was offered his first scholarship, a byproduct of his MVP performance where he outshined 299 other campers.
This season could be his hello-world moment. If he plays like he did at the WVU camp, that will be easy.
He performed various drills that tested his ability to break on the ball while in the air and running the 40-yard dash. It wasn't until a passing drill that put linebackers and safeties one-on-one with running backs and receivers that he really caught the eyes of coaches. Thimons participated in the drill four times and never allowed a completion.
“From what I understand from talking to them, they like my break on the ball and my aggressiveness,” Thimons said. “They like how physical I am and how I attack.”
D.J. Vasil contributed. Bill Beckner Jr. is the local sports editor of the Valley News Dispatch. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @BillBeckner.
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