Greenup Co. QB’s 1st offer comes from MU
HUNTINGTON — Marshall University wasn’t the first college football program to notice Greenup County High School’s Eli Sammons, but the Thundering Herd was the first to offer the Musketeers’ quarterback a scholarship.
Sammons, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound junior, said Marshall coaches presented him the opportunity to play in Huntington.
“I’m so blessed to receive my first offer to play at the next level at Marshall,” Sammons said.
At least 19 other schools have contacted Sammons. Among them are Ohio State, Akron, Austin Peay, Ball State, Cincinnati, Dartmouth, Miami (Ohio), Murray State, Ohio University, Old Dominion, Pennsylvania, Purdue, South Carolina, Syracuse, Toledo, UTEP, Western Carolina and Western Kentucky.
Colleges’ attraction to Sammons is obvious. This season he has completed 88 of 153 passes for 1,378 yards and 17 touchdowns in helping Greenup County to a 5-2 record.
Strong-armed and accurate, Sammons has the size major-college programs covet. Sammons sees the field and distributes the ball well. Patrick Kelly is his favorite target, with 35 catches for 611 yards and six touchdowns. Austin Evans, meanwhile, has 23 receptions for 325 yards and two TDs. Austin Clarkson has caught 14 passes for 355 yards and six scores. Three other receivers have caught passes and all have at least one touchdown.
After an average start to the season, Sammons has come on strong. Two weeks ago at East Carter, he completed 20 of 24 passes for 263 yards and four touchdowns. Last week against Rowan County he was even better, connecting on 21 of 28 throws for 368 yards and three touchdowns.
Greenup County plays a spread offense and Sammons has proven to be an effective scrambler and runner. He also benefits from having running back Dalton Halstead, who has carried 124 times for 1,154 yards and 15 touchdowns.
In 2017, Sammons completed 184 of 316 passes for 2,432 yards and 27 touchdowns, with 10 interceptions.
Sammons has run a 4.7-sec-ond 40-yard dash, has a 35-inch vertical leap, bench presses 225 pounds and squats 385 pounds. His 3.7 GPA has attracted attention from Ivy League schools.
The Musketeers passer will be tested the rest of the regular season as Greenup County plays Friday at Johnson Central before entertaining Ashland and finishing at Boyd County.