Junior Athlete Stands Out

Junior Athlete Stands Out

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary recently won the Division-II state title in Ohio, and with a strong junior class returning next year, they will be favored to repeat. One of the more unsung 2014 prospects is linebacker Travonte Junius.

Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary used a dominating second half performance to defeat Bellevue for the Ohio Division-II state championship last month.

The Irish are loaded with talented underclassmen, and several are already receiving recruiting exposure from top programs.

One of the more unknown prospects is junior linebacker Travonte Junius (6-foot-3, 190-pounds), who impressed in the title game with his length and athletic ability.

"It was amazing winning the state title, because I've never had that type of feeling before," Junius stated. "As a junior, I'm excited about our team. I have the ability to rush the passer, and that's what I love doing out there."

"I try to use my speed out on the field, and that's what I do best," he added. "I need to get bigger and stronger in the off-season, and that will be my goal."

Junius is an under-the-radar prospect that has not been receiving much college attention, but that could be changing. As he attends the different camps and his film is distributed, he should be garnering recruiting attention.

"I don't think anyone really knows about me," Junius said. "I'm getting mail from schools like Florida State and Penn State, but nobody has really talked to my coach about me yet. I do get track and field interest, and I'm in the high jump and long jump. I also play basketball."

"I would love to hear more from Cincinnati and Penn State, as those are two of my favorite schools," he continued. "I have family in Cincinnati and I like the area. Penn State is just a school I follow in football and think a lot of. I've never been to Penn State, but I am very interested in them."

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