Alexandria standout Timberlyn Shurbutt said this seems like the year to commit, and last week the Class of 2017 third baseman pulled the trigger and decided North Carolina State is where she wants to play at the next level.
“It just felt like home,” she said. “I got up there and the coaches were awesome. The softball stadium was awesome and the whole campus was amazing. I fell in love with it when I got there.
“I’ve been traveling and colleges have been looking at me, and this is the year that everyone is verbally committing. Auburn’s team is already full and a bunch of other teams are, too. It just felt like the right thing to do.”
Shurbutt’s trip to Raleigh, N.C., started late Thursday night. She said she arrived around 4 a.m. Friday, took a campus tour at 8 and came back to Calhoun County that night.
As a freshman, Shurbutt batted .357 with 31 RBIs and 25 runs, while playing well defensively at the hot corner for the Class 4A state champion Valley Cubs.
She choose NC State over Troy and others. Shurbutt was also getting interest from LSU, Ole Miss, Kentucky and others.
With three more seasons playing for Alexandria, Shurbutt said she’s looking to play more of a leadership role for the Valley Cubs.
“Even when I’m playing bad I need to pick other people up and make them play better,” she said. “You don’t want to bring everyone else down just because you’re playing bad. Another thing I’m trying to work on is to play with a good attitude even if I’m playing bad.”
Foster adds another offer: Donoho’s Justin Foster picked up an offer from Ohio last Friday, giving him 10 offers as he starts his senior season on the road against Shoals Christian on Friday.
Although the recruiting process has slowed over the last several months for Foster, it’ll kick back up soon, especially before he plans to commit on Sept. 25.
“Hopefully it’s a set date,” he said. “Honestly, the game has changed and people are jumping on committing when they get their first offer. I want to make sure I have a good spot and then if something else comes we’ll see what happens when we get there.”
Until then, Foster — a two-star defensive end according to Rivals — will attend a game every weekend.
This Saturday, he’ll be in Birmingham for the UAB-Troy game. Then he’ll travel to Georgia State, South Alabama and Samford. Sept. 25 is the following Thursday.
Foster currently doesn’t have a ranking of schools that he’s looking to commit to.
“I’m always seeing what I have out there, but I’m very impressed with what’s there now,” he said. “It’s not like I’m looking for an exact offer, but I’m keeping all of my options open and am not closing any doors right now.”
As a junior, Foster recorded 90 tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception. Offensively, he rushed for 615 yards and seven touchdowns
Cook’s career performance recognized: Jake Cook’s shine didn’t end Thursday night.
After the senior caught seven passes for 218 and two scores against Southside in Oxford’s season-opening 42-21 win, recognition from the state-level was bound to follow.
The Alabama High School Athletic Association featured Cook in its Prep Spotlight and the Alabama Sports Writers Association listed the receiver in its notable players of the week list.
Cook and the Yellow Jackets travel to Gadsden City this Friday.
Another photo finish?: Cleburne County and Munford has been nothing short of a thriller the last two seasons.
This Friday’s game comes off back-to-back seven-point wins by Munford that included late scores.
Last season, after Cleburne County returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in the final minutes, Munford used a touchdown pass to take a 14-7 lead, winning by the same score. The year before, the Lions went on a long drive with time winding down. Quarterback Monteo Garrett scored with 1.2 seconds left to win 27-20.
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