Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) quarterback Lafonte Thourogood totaled 1,800 yards of offense this past season, including about 1,000 yards passing and 800 yards rushing. The 6-2, 215-pound junior, a 2-year starter on the varsity level, developed well as a signal caller, impressing FBS coaches to the point where he is now being primarily recruited to play quarterback on the next level.
“The main thing I improved last year was being patient in the pocket,” said Thourogood, who has the athleticism and the speed (he has run the 100 meters in under 11 seconds) to play another position on the college level. “In my sophomore year, at the first sign of trouble I’d use my legs to make a play. This year, I got used to the speed of the game. I’d sit in the pocket. I especially improved at reading the defenses.”
East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia have officially offered Thourogood as a quarterback. Recently, Virginia Tech coaches Bryan Stinespring and Curt Newsome headed to Virginia Beach to let Dolphins head coach Chris Scott know where they rank the talented prospect.
“Coach Stinespring came down and talked with me about that,” Scott said. “He wanted to make sure he made that trip with coach Newsome. They wanted to let me know how highly they think of him.
“Tech moved him up to the top of the ranks in terms of quarterbacks in they are targeting in the 2011 class.”
The University of Virginia has not yet extended an official scholarship offer, but new assistant Chip West has told Scott than an offer is on the way. Thourogood knows of the former Old Dominion recruiting coordinator.
“I know coach West pretty well because he has been around here a lot recruiting,” Thourogood said. “He recruited T.J. Cowart from here and I talk to T.J. every other day.
“Coach West has come down and said that he got the job at UVa. Virginia is a pretty good college, academics-wise,...
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