Woodberry Forest (VA) cornerback J.T. Hornyak isn’t afraid of a challenge.
“I’ll man up any guy out there,” he said. “I try to shut them down.”
Hornyak, a junior, has the tools to back up the confidence. At 6-0, 180-pounds, he is athletic (34-inch vertical leap) and fast (hand-timed 4.4-second 40 and 10.9-second 100 meters in track). He performed well as a junior and now hopes his performance translates into FBS scholarship offers.
“J.T. has been outstanding at corner for us,” Woodberry Forest (VA) head coach Clinton Alexander wrote in an e-mail. “We put him in man coverage against the opposing team’s fastest and most productive receiver each week. He gave up one pass in the first three games. J.T. is very fast, explosive and physical. He loves playing on the edge and enjoys the battle each week. He takes pride in shutting down the opponent’s best receiver and has tremendous confidence. I am confident that with our strength program and winter and spring track we will get J.T. in the 4.3 times next fall.”
What interest has Hornyak received so far?
“A lot of coaches came in. I’ve talked to a lot of them,” Hornyak said. “I’m talking to Kansas a lot. Richmond is there. I’ve talked to them. A Wake Forest coach was here. N.C. State has been here. I’m getting a little bit of stuff from UCLA. UNC is there.”
Virginia Tech has been in contact as well.
“I’ve talked to Virginia Tech’s Torrian Gray,” Hornyak said. “He came by the school twice and I’ve talked to him on the phone a couple of times. They want me to come down to camp. I probably will make it down there.”
Hornyak is confident that he’ll have some offers before summer.
“We have spring football down here,” he said. “A ton of coaches have already told me they are coming, so I think I have a pretty good chance at getting offered soon.”
Hornyak, whose father played at Penn State, has been invited to visit Penn State and Wake Forest this spring. He certainly would welcome an offer from the Nittany Lions, but he stopped short of saying he’d commit on the spot.
“Penn State’s definitely up there, but it’s not like I would definitely go there if I got an offer,” Hornyak said. “I like the...
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