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In a somewhat surprising move Chaminade Julienne quarterback Jacob Harrison and classmate tight end/linebacker Tyler Traylor are packing their bags and heading to Centerville for their senior season. Centerville head coach Rodney Roberts confirmed the move with TriStateFootball.com on Thursday afternoon. "All the paperwork is OK and the pair will be officially enrolled at the school next Monday," Roberts told TSF.
An old OHSAA bylaw that was off the books and just got passed again allows a player a one-time transfer from a private school to a public school (within the taxpayers district) with immediate eligibility. Harrison and and Traylor will not have to sit out the normally required five games for transfers by taking advantage of this bylaw.
What at are Roberts and the Elks getting? Harrison has been named the Division V Southwest District offensive player of the year and First Team All-Ohio the past two seasons for the Eagles. In three years as a starter Harrison has thrown 6,074 yards, ran for 2,076 more yards while accounting for 72 touchdowns (45 passing, 27 rushing). He has offers from Akron, Air Force and Navy. Despite playing just three games for Chaminade Julienne as a junior, Traylor has caught 75 passes for 1,025 yards and nine touchdowns in three years as a varsity letterman.
The plot thickens in the GWOC Central. Centerville joins Wayne and will head into 2015 with proven transfers from smaller Divisions under center to start the season. Messiah DeWeaver left Trotwood-Madison after three seasons as a starter and an 11-3 playoff record for the challenge at playing big-time football with the reigning Division I state runner-up Wayne Warriors. DeWeaver committed to Michigan State earlier this spring.
Matt is a graduate of Centerville high school. When he isn't covering high school football, you can find him watching the Dallas Cowboys or competing in a Tough Mudder. If you are interested in covering your team, please CONTACT US.