Five members of Louisa County High School’s successful 14-1 2017 football team will continue their football careers at the college level.
On Wednesday morning, LCHS seniors Malik Bell (quarterback), Collin Carpenter (offensive lineman), Raquan Jones (running back), Tony Thurston (defensive lineman) and Job Whalen (running back) all signed letters of intent to play football for different schools in Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.
Bell, who led the Lions’ offense with 2,500 yards and 36 touchdowns and earned recognition as the Virginia High School League Class 4 offensive player of the year, will take his talents to Virginia Tech and join the Hokies.
Carpenter will head to Bridgewater College next year. As an offensive lineman, he was a key part in allowing players like Bell and Whalen to lead the Lions to their successful season.
Jones, who was named to the all-district, all-region and all-state teams as a running back for the 2017 season, will play for the Chowan University Hawks next fall.
Thurston made a lot of noise for the Lions’ defense this past season and was awarded the title of defensive player of the year at the district, regional and state levels. He also made the first team at all three levels as an offensive and defensive lineman. Next year, he can be found on the squad at James Madison University.
Whalen, like Jones, will also take his talents out of state, traveling to Philippi, West Virginia to play for the Alderson Broaddus University Battlers. He takes with him a career total of 5,135 rushing yards and 5,507 combined yards.
Also signing during Wednesday’s ceremony was former LCHS lineman Quinton Ragland, who will play at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Ragland played for the Lions up through the 2016 season, but transferred to Fork Union Military Academy for his senior year.