Lexington Catholic standout will keep options open

Playing for Lexington Catholic last year meant seeing a majority of offensive opportunities balanced between QB Jacob Doss and WR John Logan. With both players moving onto the collegiate level, Sean Schomp is prepared to make his presence known.

Sean Schomp's junior season started much later than the rest of his teams. After being diagnosed with a back problem prior to the season, Schomp spent much of his time seeing specialist after specialist while the rest of the Lexington Catholic team began working in the weight room. As his team started preseason practice, Sean continued to see doctors about his nagging back problem. His difficulties continued into the 2002 football season. Finally discovering that he had been misdiagnosed, Sean spent time with a physical therapist, who solved his back problem and allowed him to rejoin the team on the field.

Sean, who plays both running back and saftey, began play for Lexington Catholic in the fifth game of the season.

"It was difficult being told that I couldn't play," explained Schomp. "Here I was, thinking that I had a very serious issue with a muscle in my back, when I really didn't. It was frustrating."

Even with the delayed start, the 5'10, 175-pound back still had a very productive season. He finished the season with 289-yards on 42 attempts, for an impressive 6.9-per yard average. He helped guide Lexington Catholic to a final record of 11-2. Their lone defeats were a 31-24 loss to Fort Thomas Highland in the AAA State Playoffs and a 31-25 loss at the hands of Louisville Male.

While he prefers the running back position, he realizes that he may spend the majority of 2003 season at the safety spot as Head Coach Bob Sphire rebuilds a young offensive line.

"I'd really like to play running back, because that is what I have always played, but I'll do whatever the coach asks me to," said Schomp. "We are going to be rebuilding on offense, so he is saying that he may have me play defense more this year."

While is it still very early in the recruiting process, Sean says he is looking forward it. "I'm kind of excited about it. I am going to keep my options open to everything. I may decide to go away or to stay in state. It really depends on where I feel that I am most needed and fit in."

While he has yet to hear from either the Louisville or hometown Kentucky coaching staffs, Schomp has started to receive interest from a number of programs, including Syracuse and Northwestern.

He has yet to decide on where he will be camping during the spring.


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