"We went 7-3 and I was named Player of the Year in our county," Timmons said. "I was named first-team cornerback and first-team wide receiver too. I also got an award for having over a 3.0 GPA during the season, and I was proud of that."
Timmons, who measures 5'10 and 175 pounds, started sending out his senior tape this winter and it paid off as several schools sent him a written scholarship. Progams like Penn State, West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, Boston College, Minnesota, NC State, and UCONN have all offered him as a cornerback, but he's already narrowed his list down to what he believes to be his final five schools.
"I'm pretty much down to my five final schools, and I'll likely be choosing from those five," Timmons said. "Those are NC State, West Virginia, Boston College, UCONN, and Minnesota. Those five are on me the hardest too. The only one of those that's just started recruiting me is NC State. That's because they just got my tape a month ago. They said they liked my tape, and my coach says they seem to want me even more than the other schools."
"[NC State defensive backs] coach Williams came up to my school, and he wanted to see my size," Timmons added. "He's a real cool guy, and he knows his stuff. He coached Champ Bailey, and he said I'd be able to run track in school."
|The 5'10 175 pound cornerback has been timed in the 4.3 range in the 40-yard dash and as low as 10.5 electronically in the 100-meter dash.|
Timmons is arguably the fastest football prospect in Pennsylvania, and he is a state track star. He won the 200 meter state championship as a sophomore and won both the 100 and 200 meter titles as a junior. He's been timed as low as 10.5 electronically in the 100 meter dash, and that type of speed is what's attractive to college recruiters.
Will Timmons run track on the next level?
"If I red-shirt my first year I'm going to run track so I can get even faster," he said. "When I play football I'll probably start to focus on that full-time, but we'll see."
Timmons has already scheduled his five official visits.
"I am going to Boston College this weekend, and I think I go to West Virginia or NC State on December 3rd," he said. "The second week in December I'm going to UCONN, and the third week in December I'm going to Minnesota. I'll take my final visit in January to NC State or West Virginia, whichever I don't visit on the third."
One school absent from his top five is the in-state program, Penn State. The Nittany Lions offered Timmons last week, but it appears they came in too late.
"They are probably sixth," Timmons said. "Penn State just came in with the offer last week, and I already had my visits. They just came kind of late."
Timmons gave his thoughts on four of his favorites.
Boston College: "I like them because it's up in Boston and there's a lot of schools up there. They are real heavy on academics and their football program is nice."
NC State: "NC State is in the south, and I like that. I used to live in Florence, South Carolina so I'm used to the weather. They have a real good football program, and they say I can run track. Their 4X100 team had three football players on it so I know I can run track too."
UCONN: "I like how it's a little town, and it seems to be a real big campus."
West Virginia: "Everything in Morgantown is all about football, and I like that. It's a little town and they care about football."
Despite admitting that he's open to all five schools, Timmons did say if he had to pick right now he has an idea of where he would want to go.
"If I had to pick right now I'd probably go with NC State or West Virginia," he said. "I've been to a West Virginia football game so I've only seen them, but I'd probably take NC State because it's down south. Football's good down there, and I can run track."
Because Timmons wants to make a relatively early decision, could he commit on a visit without taking all five trips?
"I want to make a decision between Christmas and that first week in January," he said. "I think I'm going to take all five, but if I feel comfortable somewhere I may commit and cancel my visits. But, right now I think I'll take all the visits."