February 2, 2011

Thourogood makes switch

After committing in late November to Virginia Tech, Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes quarterback Lafonte Thourogood made a switch on Signing Day. The 6-foot-3, 224-pounder has decided to head elsewhere.

"He's committing to Vanderbilt," Ocean Lakes head coach Chris Scott said. "It was unexpected, but it was something Lafonte feels strong about.

"Lafonte feels that he's making the decision that is best for him, that he sat and really thought over the last two days and he said he just feels that's where he should go."

What made him pick the Commodores?

"I think it has something to do with the coaches there," he said. "With the new deal, the new situation, he thinks he's got a chance to play quarterback really early. They've got a senior guy there and are really hurting at the quarterback spot. He is looking at that opportunity.

"He talked about the education too. It's a good school and know both Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt are great for his major, engineering or architecture."

What is Vanderbilt getting in the No. 25 dual-threat quarterback in the country?

"Well, you know as a player he's extremely athletic with the ball in his hands at the quarterback position," he said. "He can extend the play and keep a play alive with his legs. He's tough and when he does run with the ball, he's a physical runner.

"He's not a typical quarterback, he doesn't like to go out of bounds. The guy is really persistent about playing quarterback and wants to get after it in the passing game, prove he can play quarterback."

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