Virginia Tech has been high on Lafonte Thorougood’s list throughout. In a TSL Pass article in October of 2009, the 6-2, 215-pound quarterback said, “Virginia Tech is definitely in my top five,” but he didn’t want to commit early in order to explore his options. Thourogood made unofficial visits to Notre Dame, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. He took official visits to Tech and WVU. He was considering official visits to Arkansas, Florida, and possibly Michigan until this past Saturday.
“He went up to the game, had a good time, and decided that committing to Virginia Tech was the best thing all around,” said Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott, who guided the Dolphins to an 8-3 record in 2010. “I think it was a feeling he had for a while, but he wanted to make sure he looked at all options. He just felt there was no more need to look around. He felt it was time to make a decision, so he could start preparing for next year.”
Like his cousin, Virginia Tech sophomore wide receiver Marcus Davis, Thourogood has the athletic potential to play a number of positions on the college level. Built like a linebacker, he also has the speed and athletic ability to play wide receiver. Florida offered as an athlete and Notre Dame recruited him as a wide receiver. He wants a chance to play quarterback, though, and Virginia Tech will give him that chance.
“He has got a strong arm,” Scott said of Thourogood, who totaled 1,800 yards of offense (1,000 passing and 800 rushing) and 23 touchdowns as a junior in 2009. Thourogood played three seasons as the Dolphins starting signal caller. “He continues to get better. He has only played quarterback truly for three years. He continues to get better with his arm. He is improving in the mental aspect. His legs and what he can do to open up the offense, especially inside with zone reads, is tremendous.”
A shoulder injury sidelined Thourogood for several games early on in 2010. When he did play, the dual-threat standout displayed growth at the quarterback position.
“A huge part of his improvement was in the mental aspect of the game, in regards to preparing and understanding what to do. His understanding of the total concept of overall defensive schemes and executing against that,” Scott said. “He...
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