High school notebook: Norwin’s Thrift looks at Notre Dame
By: Bill Beckner Jr.
Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 9:55 AM
Norwin football player Jayvon Thrift is attending Notre Dame's junior day this weekend in South Bend, Ind.
The standout junior safety has eight Division I scholarship offers, but would love to add a ninth before he comes back to North Huntingdon.
“I hope so,” Thrift said. “If they offer, they'll for sure be near the top of my list.”
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Thrift, known for his close-in speed and hard-hitting style, was a WPIAL Class 6A Southeastern Conference first-team player last season as he made 79 tackles and had an interception.
His offers include Pitt, West Virginia, Syracuse, Toledo and Temple.
He has interest from Penn State, Michigan State, Maryland and others.
Thrift plans to visit schools before making his decision.
His father, Jim, said Jayvon will most likely commit before Norwin's next training camp, and that his son plans to enroll early wherever he decides to go.
P-T pairs picks IUP
Two Penn-Trafford football players made verbal commitments to play at IUP. Seniors Will Mayr and Cam Suman are headed to the PSAC school
Mayr was a first-team all-Class 5A Big East pick as a defensive end, and Suman was a second-team wide receiver.
Mayr also had offers from St. Francis (Pa.), Fairmont State, West Virginia State, West Virginia Wesleyan, Seton Hill, Slippery Rock and Edinboro.
Suman's other offers were from West Virginia Wesleyan, Cheyney, Edinboro and West Liberty.
Armstrong, Daugherty commit
Senior football standouts Jason Armstrong of Latrobe and Jackson Daugherty of Ligonier Valley committed to Division II schools.
Armstrong (6-2, 220) is headed to Mercyhurst. He also considered VMI, Shippensburg, Cal (Pa.), Fairmont State, Wheeling Jesuit, Seton Hill and Millersville.
Armstrong was a WPIAL Class 5A Big East first team as a multi-purpose back. He was a playmaker at a quarterback. linebacker and punter.
He completed 112 of 189 passes for 1,484 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 434 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Daugherty, meanwhile, will play at Cal (Pa.). The standout receiver and defensive back Jackson also considered Shippensburg and Lock Haven. Daugherty (6-3, 180), an all-state player as an athlete, rushed for a team-high 1,040 yards and 19 touchdowns, caught 42 passes for 876 yards and 10 touchdowns and threw for 544 yards and nine touchdowns for Ligonier Valley, the PIAA District 6 2A champion.
More recruiting buzz
• Belle Vernon defensive end Logan Petrosky committed to Shippensburg.
• Belle Vernon linebacker Dylan Haney and Ligonier Valley lineman Jacob Neiderhiser will continue their playing careers at Geneva.
• Norwin senior linebacker Zacary Turkowski will play at Marietta.
• Cal (Pa.) offered Jeannette senior defensive end Jalen Jones and Belle Vernon receiver/defensive back Logan Pfrogner.