One of Troup’s players was absent from the Iron Tiger competition the past few days, but he had a pretty good excuse.
Tristan Thompson, an offensive lineman for Troup, is attending a camp at Vanderbilt University this week for players the team is interested in.
“They invited 100 guys to come up, and he’s one of the 100 that came,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said.
Thompson will be a senior this season, and he’ll be a key member of what should be an exceptional offensive line.
Another member of that offensive line, senior Mitch Mathes, has made a verbal commitment to play football at Mercer.
Some of the other linemen, including Jason Hernandez and Hudson Newton, will also likely get a chance to play college football.
Kendall said Thompson would fit in well with a school like Vanderbilt that would challenge him academically.
“He’s solid in the class room, does a great job,” Kendall said. “It that was to work out for Tristan (at Vanderbilt), he would be fine.”
WELCOME ADDITION: Jonathan Foster is known mostly for what he does on the baseball field.
A three-year starter at catcher, Foster has developed into an elite player, and earlier this year he made a verbal commitment to play at Auburn.
While Foster’s athletic future is on a baseball field, he has always loved football, and he’ll be a member of the Troup team this fall.
Foster, who will be a senior, is slated to play linebacker.
While Foster hasn’t spent much time with the football team this summer because of his baseball commitments, Kendall said he is glad to have him in the fold now.
“He’s a big-time baseball recruit. He’s done a lot of baseball camps this year. I have no problem with that,” Kendall said. “I know when he’s there he’s working his tail off. What a lot of people don’t see behind the scenes, he’s in weight training class all year, busting it. It’s not like he’s sitting at home on the couch.”
Kendall said that Foster “has put in everything you need to put in. He’s in very good shape. He walked in today, and he’s competing. We’re real happy that Jonathan is playing football. It’s going to be a big asset.”
COMING SOON: Troup will face another team for the first time on Aug. 15 when it visits Upson-Lee High School for a preseason game.
Troup will then have two weeks before it opens its season on Aug. 29 against LaGrange.
Troup coach Lynn Kendall likes having two weeks between the preseason game and the season opener.
It gives the team plenty of time to work on what it saw in the preseason game, and Kendall and the other coaches will also be able to go out and do some scouting on Aug. 22.
One of the games Troup will be interested in that night is Callaway against LaGrange.
Troup plays both of those teams this season.
“I thought it was a good decision to play the game early,” Kendall said.
Upson-Lee is coached by Tommy Parks, who had been at Harris County for years.
“I’ll meet with coach Parks in the next few days to iron out the particulars (of the game),” Kendall said.
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