Joshua Paschal had his choice of where to play college football. The Good Counsel senior linebacker had attention from coast to coast. Traditional college football powers like Oklahoma and Southern California, Clemson, Tennessee and Notre Dame were pining after him.
Paschal bucked them all. He’s going to Kentucky, he announced Tuesday.
Paschal is the second Falcons player to choose the Wildcats in the past week. Offensive lineman Nassir Watkins also committed to the team. Kentucky is also interested in lineman Josh Contee, according to Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy, but has yet to extend a scholarship offer.
“It’s easier if you have a buddy,” Milloy said.
Paschal is the latest in a string of highly-touted Good Counsel defenders to play, and project very high, in the college ranks.
Jelani Jenkins played at Florida after graduating from the Olney school in 2009. He now plays for the Miami Dolphins. Cornerback Kendall Fuller played at Virginia Tech and now plays for the Redskins. Blake Countess, another defensive back, attended Michigan and Auburn and was recently promoted off the Los Angeles Rams’ practice squad.
Longtime Good Counsel Coach Bob Milloy advises those most sought-after players to take the recruiting process slowly. Don’t commit to a school on your visit there, he tells them. Take a few days afterward to let the trip sink in. If a school offers “something nobody else can offer you,” be skeptical. The only unique things each college can offer, he said, are “scenery and weather.”
“When you get to the right place, you’ll feel it,” Milloy said.
For Paschal, that was Lexington, Ky. His other finalists were Oklahoma and Notre Dame.
Milloy credits his pro-style defense, year in and out one of the region’s best, for attracting college offers. The athletes Good Counsel attracts shine in a system built to confuse quarterbacks and set linebackers up for sacks and defensive backs for interceptions.
“There’s a lot of movement and that’s modern day defense now,” he said.
NUMBER CRUNCH: 104
Points scored by the Edison boys’ basketball team in a 104-86 win over Falls Church last night. The Eagles were led by junior forward Marquis Washington, who poured in a season-high 36 points as Edison improved to 3-2 on the year.