Season Wrap-up: Ty Linton

Despite failing to repeat as NCISAA 11-Man Division I Champions, North Carolina commitment Ty Linton feels Charlotte (N.C.) Christian accomplished a lot this season.

"We beat a lot of really good teams," Linton said. "I feel as a team we really had a great season. Yeah, it didn't end up the way we wanted it to end up, but overall I think it was a strong season."

Included in the season's accomplishments were ending Jupiter (Fla.) Christian's 30-game winning streak and giving Lynchburg (Va.) Liberty Christian its first home loss in over three years.

With Linton, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder, starting both ways, Christian reached the NCSIAA 11-Man Division I title game against Charlotte Latin, a school it had defeated 38-35 earlier in the season.

"Our defense was on the field most of the time," Linton said. "We really couldn't get it going offensively. Defensively, we were kind of worn out. When your defense is on the field the whole game, it's hard to put points on the board… We really couldn't get that spark on offense and I think that just buried us."

For the third consecutive season, Linton was named to the NCISAA 11-Man Football Division I All-State Team at linebacker. He ended the season with 542 yards and seven touchdowns on 118 carries and also had 12 sacks on defense.

Since the conclusion of the football season, Linton's focus has been the coming baseball season. He's looking to help Christian repeat as NCISAA 3A Champions and continue to raise his stock as a baseball prospect.

Last summer, Linton's performance on the baseball diamond gave his stock a significant boost.

"I had some very good games in front of the right people," Linton said. "…I got the chance to play in front of a lot of pro scouts and general managers. They got to see what kind of player I am."

In particular, Linton had great performances at the East Coast Pro Showcase in Lakeland, Fla. and the Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif. – two MLB scouting events.

Linton, who is currently working out in Arizona for baseball, is hearing that he'll be selected somewhere in the first five rounds of the 2010 MLB draft.

"It's really too early for scouts and general managers to tell right now, but they're saying with my athleticism I'm able to go in the top few rounds," Linton said. "Basically, how I play this season and how I perform on the field will dictate what round I go."

Regardless of where he's drafted, Linton plans to enroll at UNC and play both football and baseball for the Tar Heels.

"I'm committed to go to Carolina and that's where I want to be," Linton said. "… It would have to be life changing money for me not to go to Carolina, because Carolina is really the place I want to be."

Linton is scheduled to officially visit UNC the weekend of Jan. 15.

Over the course of the last couple months, Linton has hosted Everett Withers, his primary recruiter and UNC's defensive coordinator, for several in-home visits.

"[We discussed] where he sees me as a player," Linton said. "He sees me as a linebacker, special teams guy, and really a guy he could put in different places. We went over the depth chart, other recruits, [and] we talked about the bowl game a little bit… He sees me as a weak-side outside linebacker that will come off the edge or a strong safety that can drop into coverage and come off the edge, as well."

Butch Davis will have an in-home visit with Linton sometime in January.

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