North Xtra: Freeport standout commits to WVU

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Logan Thimons is more than a punctual teenager. Heck, he has missed only one day of school since kindergarten.

He hates being tardy for anything and believes being on time is being late.

Thimons followed the same thinking on a college choice. He was early.

Thimons is a standout football player at Freeport High School, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker who will be a junior this year. He already has decided on a college. To him, West Virginia is indeed almost heaven.

Last Thursday, Thimons accepted a football scholarship to West Virginia University. He made an early verbal commitment to the Mountaineers five days after he was offered a scholarship. So before he has played a down of football in his junior year, Thimons already has picked a college.

A few other Division I colleges were showing interest in Thimons, but West Virginia was the first school to offer him a scholarship. Thimons had a strong liking for West Virginia for some time.

"Going into this offseason, and I knew prior to going to any camps this summer, that West Virginia was my No. 1 school," said Thimons. "It was my dream school, you could say. Just the convenience of my No. 1 school being the first to offer was amazing. I wanted to give it a week and let it sink in.

"But the second they offered, I knew I would accept. I wanted to give it that little bit of time, but I just don't see the point in waiting. No other school could come along and offer me that would be my No. 1 school."

Thimons' affection for West Virginia goes back a few years. He wasn't much into football years ago, mainly because his parents wouldn't let him play until the seventh grade. When he started to watch football on a regular basis, he took a liking toward West Virginia, for some reason.

"I was a big fan of [Tavon] Austin," Thimons said of the former West Virginia standout. "When I did start watching football, West Virginia was pretty much the only school I watched -- and the Steelers, too."

Thimons attended a few football camps at colleges this summer and opened the eyes of some college coaches. After he attended West Virginia's camp two weeks ago, WVU assistant coaches Tom Bradley and Tony Gibson pulled Thimons aside afterward and offered him a scholarshjp.

"I'm just very, very impressed with their football program," Thimons said. "I love the coaching staff. When I went to camp there, I felt they were very, very caring for their players. There is a big football atmosphere there, and I really like that, not to mention it's not far away from my home."

Although Thimons didn't play football until seventh grade, he shined in the sport rather quickly. He showed plenty of promise at Freeport last season, when, as a sophomore, he led the team with 97 tackles, including 20 for losses. This came as a defensive end. He will play linebacker this season and also see plenty of time at running back. West Virginia recruited him as a linebacker.

There is a lot to like about Thimons off the field, too. He has a 4.3 grade-point average and said he wouldn't mind majoring in pre-med or engineering in college. But he has two years of high school football to play.

When asked to describe himself as a player, Thimons said, "I don't want to say too much about myself but the thing the coaches seem to like is how I fly around on the field. I'm a hard hitter and I always know where the ball is. I'm always around the ball and always tenacious. I always seem to hear that about myself."

And that he likes doing things early.

For more on high school sports, go to "Varsity Blog" at www.post-gazette.com/varsityblog. Mike White: mwhite@post-gazette.com. 412-263-1975 and Twitter @mwhiteburgh


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