Wolverines Eye Another Center Grove Prospect

<p>GBW caught up Center Grove High (Ind.) head coach Eric Moore to talk about his stud lineman, <strong>J.B. Paxson</strong>. J.B. had a big time junior season, and Michigan has shown interest. Could Paxson follow in (Center Grove alum) Adam Finley&#8217;s footsteps?</p>

Talk to me about J.B. as a player.

“He’ll be an easy Mr. Football candidate from his line spot next year. He’s a 4-year starter at one of the biggest 5A programs in our state. His single season stats this year were probably better than most people’s career stats are. He had 23 sacks and about 60 solo tackles. He’s about 6-4, 262, and runs about a 4.8 forty. He can play 3 or 4 sports. He could be a top draft choice in baseball next year. He was an All-State catcher as a sophomore.”

He sounds a lot like Jeremy Van Alstyne.

“Yeah, he went up to Michigan didn’t he. I love Jeremy, but I think J.B. is twice the athlete! (Laughing). J.B. tips passes and runs them back for touchdowns!”

What position do you project him to in college?

“He plays end for us, but he’ll probably be a 3-technique in college because he’s so athletic. It’s hard to get guys on the inside with his type of athleticism.”

Has he been hearing from Michigan? What other schools has he heard from?

“Yes, Michigan has been showing interest. Beyond that he’s heard from everybody from USC to Syracuse.”

Do you know his camping intentions?

“We haven’t really discussed that, but I don’t think he’ll stray too far away from home. I’d think he’d either go to Ohio State, Miami of Ohio, Michigan, Notre Dame or Purdue.”

Will he be attending Michigan’s junior day at the end of the month?

“I think he’s planning on going, but it depends on if it will meet his baseball schedule or not.”

What is J.B. like off of the field?

“He’s a good family type kid that’s real genuine and has a big heart. He’s not into fancy cars or fancy clothes. He loves all sports. You see him at all of our sporting events cheering on other kids in school. He’s just a real class kid.”

GBW will have more from J.B. in the coming days.

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