Another junior football player from the WPIAL has already made his college decision.
Logan Thimons, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior linebacker at Freeport High School, has accepted a scholarship from West Virginia University. The Mountaineers offered Thimons a scholarship a week ago after he attended a WVU camp. West Virginia assistants Tom Bradley and Tony Gibson pulled Thimons aside and offered the scholarship. Thimons waited until Thursday to accept and make a verbal commitment.
Although a few other Division I schools were showing interest, West Virginia was the first - and only - to offer a scholarship. Thimons' decision comes only a few weeks after Woodland Hills junior running back Miles Sanders made his decision, committing to Penn State.
Thimons (pictured) said he had reasons for committing early.
"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 also attended camps at Pitt, Akron, Ohio State, Toledo and Penn State.
You could call Thimons a late bloomer. He didn't play football until seventh grade because his parents wouldn't let him. He has added 22 pounds since the start of last season. He didn't watch much football until the past few years. For some reason, he took a liking to West Virginia.
"I was a big fan of [Tavon Austin]," said Thimons. "When I did start watching, West Virginia was pretty much the only school I watched - and the Steelers, too."
Thimons played mostly on the defensive line last season, but his best position is linebacker.
"I'll probably play 90 percent at linebacker this year," he said.
On offense, he will play tight end and tailback this season.
Thimons is a well-spoken teenager and an excellent student. He has a 4.3 grade-point average and would like to be a "pred-med" or "engineering" major.