May 8, 2011

Young gun Saxton is one to watch

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It is pretty rare that a freshman can make an impact on a state championship caliber football team in the state of Ohio but that is exactly what Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley cornerback Alonzo Saxton did this past fall. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound prospect locked down his half of the field for the Hawks, who brought home the Division IV state crown. has the first look at this class of 2014 standout.

"It was a lot of hard work," said Saxton of his freshman season. "Many people don't get to play varsity their freshman year. I had to keep my head up because there were a lot of veterans that were hoping to play when I was playing so I had to just stay positive and keep doing what I was doing."

Saxton's stellar play as a freshman has carried over into combine season. This past weekend, Saxton was a standout at both the Columbus National Underclassmen Combine and the Cleveland Under Armour Combine.

"I love the combines," he said. "It's a chance to get better athletically. I like the one-on-one's, it gives me a chance to show my true athleticism."

Saxton brought home the defensive backs MVP at the NUC on Saturday and Sunday followed that up with a strong showing at the Under Armour Combine as he was able to more than hold his own against a field of participants that were almost entirely one or two years older.

"I think I did pretty good out there," Saxton said of his performance at the Under Armour Combine. "In the 7-on-7's I think I did my job and in the one-on-one's I can work on not giving up the outside too easily."

While it's too early to really tell exactly where Saxton will ultimately stack up in his class, coaches from Ohio State and Notre Dame have already been by the school to talk to Hartley head coach Brad Burchfield about the talented corner. Saxton says that he is interested in both schools but it's another school that he actually grew up following.

"I liked Penn State growing up," Saxton said. "Mainly I liked their defense and the way their corners played."

Saxton is hoping to continue his strong off-season on the camp circuit in June and is also hoping that his continued improvement will propel him to an even better sophomore year.

"For my sophomore year, I'm looking to step up and be a leader and act like a veteran on the field," he said. "Maybe one of these years we can go back and win another state championship."

Saxton will be taking part in the Raw Talent Bus Tour this summer which will make stops at college camps all over the country, including Ohio State.


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