Canton Central Catholic's George Tabron is drawing attention as one of the top linebackers in the junior class in Ohio. Tabron (6-3) had a great junior season at middle linebacker for the Crusaders.
Defensive coordinator Jeff Lindesmith spoke highly of Tabron's work ethic and his overall talent level.
"George is a great kid," said Lindesmith. "He's one of the hardest working players we have. He had a really good year for us and he should be better next year. His strengths are his ability to get to the football and his toughness."
Tabron is drawing interest from college recruiters as well.
"Purdue, Michigan State, Minnesota, Bowling Green and West Virginia are some of the schools that have either called or been in to see him," said Lindesmith. "I definitely see George as a Division I football player at the college level."
Tabron spoke about what he's been working on in the off season.
"I want to get faster," said Tabron. "I ran a 4.7 forty before the season and I want to lower that time. I'm also concentrating on my pad level and playing lower. I think I improved in that area as the season went on last year."
Tabron admits he's not real sure about where he'd like to play in college but he did mention a few of his favorites.
"I like Ohio State a lot," said Tabron. "I also like West Virginia and Virginia Tech. I'm really interested in a lot of schools really."
Tabron is in the process of putting together a list of camps to attend this summer but did mention he'd be attending the Ohio State camp.
Ohio High magazine recruiting editor Duane Long is impressed with Tabron.
"George Tabron is a real good football player," said Long. "At this early stage he might be the best middle linebacker in the state. I'm waiting on more tape on George but I like what I've seen so far."
Canton Central Catholic was a playoff team in 2005 and with Tabron leading the way, a return to post season could be in the Crusaders' future in 2006.