Chaminade Julienne seniors Donovan Layne, Lynsay Strahorn and Tim Szabo each signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate athletics Friday after school in the library in front of a crowd of friends, family and fellow teammates. The trio are the first CJ athletes of the class of 2011 to sign with prospective colleges.
DONOVAN LAYNE, DB, INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Layne will receive a full athletic grant and will play safety for head coach Trent Miles and the Division I Sycamores of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, joining 30 fellow high school seniors as part of the ISU football signing class of 2011.
“I am extremely pleased with our fourth recruiting class at Indiana Sate,” Miles said in a statement released by the school. “We were able to sign student-athletes that are good young men, great citizens and excellent students that will help continue the success that we have just begun to enjoy with the Sycamore football program.”
As a senior defensive back for the Eagles this season, Layne earned second team All-Area and Division III All-District honors, first team All-GCL North honors, and was named GCL DB of the Year. He resides in Dayton with his mother Heather and sister Vanessa.
“All my life I’ve been playing football and to know that someone is willing to invest so much in me is an honor,” Layne said of his recruitment. In his four years at CJ, he has won three varsity letters playing on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball for the Eagles.
LYNSAY STRAHORN, SOCCER, CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
As a member of the signing class of 2011, Strahorn will receive an athletic grant in addition to an academic scholarship to cover all tuition costs at CSU. She intends to study psychology in the school’s honors program and play either midfield or forward for head coach Derrek Falor and the Division I Vikings of the Horizon League.
“She is very coachable and has great family support which is very important to us,” Falor said. During her time at CJ, Strahorn served as a senior team captain for the Eagles, and has twice won varsity letters for both basketball and soccer. She resides in Dayton with parents Derrick and Kris, and sister Rachel, a freshman at CJ.
“It feels good to know that all my hard work has paid off,” she commented. At CJ, Strahorn found success both on and off the field, winning the statewide Poetry Out Loud contest in 2009 and 2010, and being named to the All-Area Division I second team and All-GGCL Grey North second team as a senior.
TIM SZABO, WR, UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY
Szabo will receive an athletic grant in addition to an academic scholarship to cover nearly all tuition costs, and he will play wide receiver for Oilers first year head coach Rob Keys in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“We are very excited about our first recruiting class,” Keys said in a statement released on the school’s Web site. He referred to Szabo as, “A dynamic receiver that can make the tough catch as well as the big play.”
In addition to being named second team All Ohio in 2010, the Eagles team captain also earned first team All-Area, All-Southwest District, All-GCL North and GCL Receiver of the Year honors during his senior season. He resides in Dayton with his parents Chuck and Ann.
“It feels good to make a decision on a school that I know I am happy with,” said Szabo, a two-sport athlete who has won three varsity letters playing both basketball and football at CJ. “At Findlay I know I will have four great years to prepare for my future.”