Lord Botetourt lineman Troy Everett (Hudl photo)
In the western part of the state, Troy Everett and Zach Horton have made their commitments
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Two more class of 2021 football athletes have made their college commitments and neither one is going far from home.
Northside tight end Zach Horton (2021 TE 6-3 225) made his commitment to James Madison last weekend after racking up 17 college scholarship offers. The Dukes won him over with the evidence of how their tight ends are used to carry them to the Division I FCS National Championship game on a regular basis.
“On a Zoom call, we watched film of how they used [Stapleton],” Horton told the Daily News-Record. “And how they use their tight ends is lined up on the line right next to the tackle. You’ll see them in the slot and in the backfield as an H-back in motion. You’ll see them all around the field, that’s for sure, and they had the right guy to do that last year. We watched film of him and he’s one heck of a player.”
Horton received the offer from James Madison on March 25, the second week of the Coronavirus lockdown. Since that time, he had racked up around a dozen other offers, including Army, Navy, Air Force, Coastal Carolina, Richmond and William and Mary, but he kept coming back to JMU.
In 2019, Horton tallied 93 tackles, 28 tackles for loss and 15 sacks to earn Co-Blue Ridge District Defensive Player of the Year honors.
On Monday, Lord Botetourt lineman Troy Everett (2021 OG 6-3 280) committed to Appalachian State, becoming the second Lord Botetourt athlete from the class of 2021 to commit to the Mountaineers.
Everett accumulated 25 offers including Army, Navy, most of the Ivy League and even Virginia Tech (according to his Twitter account). Teammate Colston Powers (2021 OT 6-5 280) committed to App State earlier this year.
According to a report by the Roanoke Times, Everett and his dad are lifelong fans of Virginia Tech, but he Blacksburg was too close to home. He wanted to attend college out-of-state and Appalachian State was a good fit.
“I’m kind of done now, I’m not going to lie,” Everett said. “All this recruiting stuff happened just this year for me. It was fun at first, you are getting all this attention and stuff, but now you are sitting and your phone is like, ‘ boom, boom, boom, boom.’ Now that it’s out there, I feel 100% better.”
– Andy Hilton