January 1, 2012

Saxton one of 2014's best

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After bursting onto the scene as a freshman a year ago, Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Hartley defensive back Alonzo Saxton continued his growth as a big-time prospect during his sophomore season. The 5-foot-11, 165 pound cornerback was limited to six games due to an injury but still managed to make impact plays on both sides of the ball in those games, recording three interceptions on defense and scoring four touchdowns on offense.

"I think the biggest thing was my confidence level," said Saxton of his improvement as a sophomore. "I wasn't really confident as a freshman and I was still nervous going out there. This year, I was confident going into every game and I just did my job. I got bigger, faster, and stronger from my off-season workouts with my Dad. I think my overall performance just got better."

Saxton was off to an extremely fast start to his sophomore season before being sidelined with the injury and watching his teammates come up short in the playoffs was a tough experience for the young corner.

"It was disappointing," he said. "Watching practices without being involved and watching the games, I know my coaches and teammates were disappointed and wanted me to play."

Saxton's early contributions on the field netted him a verbal offer from Toledo over the summer and the athletic defender is starting to hear from some big-time programs around the nation.

"Since some of Toledo's coaching staff left for Illinois, I've been talking to Illinois a little bit," Saxton explained. "I've been getting mail from Michigan State, Oregon, Cincinnati, and Ohio State."

At this early stage, Saxton is keeping an open mind about the recruiting process.

"I think all of the schools have something that I'm attracted to," he said. "Growing up, I was a Penn State fan but I haven't talked to them yet. I'm going to try and contact them as well as some other colleges but right now I'm not really leaning towards anyone."

Saxton has drawn early interest from Ohio State and while he hasn't had a chance to speak with Ohio State coaches since the hiring of Urban Meyer, he did have some positive comments regarding the news.

"He's a good coach," Saxton said. "I watched him a lot when he was at Florida and I like his offense. I think he runs a nice offense and gets more wide receivers incorporated into the game."

This off-season, Saxton plans to hit the camp circuit hard, in the hopes of expanding his offer list.

"I think I'm only going to hit up two combines, the Nike and Under Armour," he said. "I'm going to a lot of college senior camps, Ohio State, I might go down south, and I'm going to hit up a lot of the Big Ten camps and some Big East, like Cincinnati."


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