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Thaxton heading to Louisburg to play football

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HCHS football standout Galontre Thaxton has signed to play football and pursue college life at Louisburg JC. Shown for the announcement are Principal Albert Randolph, Galontre’s mom, Alicia Thaxton, Galontre Thaxton, HCHS coach Mike Roark and Athletics Director Allen Lawter. (TWM Jr. photo)
SoVaNow.com / March 21, 2013
Galontre Thaxton is joining the Comet athletic parade to Louisburg (N.C.) junior college.

Thaxton is headed there to play football. Two other prominent Comets, Tyler Long and Ryan Puryear, are already there playing on the baseball team.

Thaxton, 6-2 and 235 pounds, liked this fit after his visit. He loved the place.

Thaxton expects to play defensive end, or linebacker. He prefers defensive end. Thaxton hopes to get faster and stronger, with the anticipation of transferring to a larger school after his stint at Louisburg. Thaxton liked everything about the school.

HCHS head coach Mike Roark knows the defensive coordinator, Trevor Highfield, and the Comet coach noted Louisburg has a very strong, high-quality junior college. Louisburg also puts a high number of players in the ACC and the SEC.

Roark believes this is a good fit for Thaxton.

“He’ll be proably an outside rush end. He’s got the good frame,” said the Comet coach. “He’s going to play some quality football. He’s close to home,” said Roark.

Louisburg has a respected program, with extensive travel opportuties. Roark was pleased to get Thaxton into this program.

“They are very selective. So we had to send them film, they looked at the film,” said Roark.

This recruitment process was aided by what Roark term a good mix all around. “The thing that’s going to be in Galontre’s favor, he has a very active parental (support system) ... they went down with him when they visited. When Mom and Dad’s happy with the school, he’s happy with the school, the school’s happy with the family, that’s a good mix,” said Roark.

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