RECRUITING: J.B. Paxson has offer from Florida

One of the brightest stars of the Hoosier state this year is J.B. Paxson. The defensive lineman/tight end combo from Greenwood (Ind) Center Grove HS, has a stellar future ahead of him. At 6-4, 260 pounds, JB doesn't know whether he likes coming off the end and hurting the QB or playing a little DT so he can stuff the run.

JB Paxson, DT He also isn't quite sure if he will be playing with the oblong ball when high school is over because he is also a great baseball player.

Pegged to go somewhere in next year's baseball draft, Paxson is not sure of his future just yet. "I have to have a lot of things go right this year to be selected high enough in the draft to play pro baseball. I'm leaving my options open." Mr. Paxson is an all-star catcher and a formidable presence behind home plate.

When asked about the upcoming season, JB said: "We are going for our 3rd straight championship here at Center Grove High School. Our program really turned around when Coach Eric Moore showed up. We have a lot of seniors and we play in the toughest conference in the state." He sounded ready for the new football season to start.

At this time, JB isn't sure what plans his coach has for him on defense. "Our defense is a lot quicker. I am not sure if I will be playing a lot of 3-technique (DT), or 5-technique (DE)." Showing his versatility and his own smarts, he adds, "It kind of depends on the other guys. I could play weak or strong side defensive end." The side of the ball he prefers for his collegiate exploits is on defense. "Most coaches see me on the defensive side of the ball."

On his criteria for a school choice: "I am willing to go wherever is the best fit for me. I'm nowhere near making that decision." He basically said the decision will come after he has seen and heard from all the schools. His options are growing; he has written offers from 7 schools. "I have offers from Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Miami (OH), Purdue, Toledo, and Tennessee." The list is an impressive one and is most assuredly going to grow.

Although JB doesn't know what direction his athletic ability will take him, he comes off as someone that knows how to steer down the road ahead of him. The future is bright for JB Paxson, no matter which path he may take.

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