Walton High School senior quarterback Addison Shoup announced last night that he will be furthering his education and football career at Lehigh University. The senior broke about every known record at Walton, passing for 4,379 yards and combining for 54 total touchdowns in his two-year varsity career.
The Walton recruiting page announced his official commitment when it released this tweet last night:
— Walton(GA)Recruiting (@WaltonRecruits) December 13, 2016
Shoup’s recruitment had its ups and downs. Lehigh offered him in the spring and remained consistent recruiting him as its top QB target.
The senior visited several schools this fall including Western Carolina, Furman and Tennessee Tech, but it was a few weeks back when Lehigh emerged as the leader. Shoup hosted quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Drew Folmar for an in-home visit on December 2nd where they talked about life at the Patriot League school. The visit was productive to go along with their long-standing recruiting efforts with the Cobb County star and eventually resulted in his commitment last night.
We talked with Walton recruiting coach Monty Bumper about what type of player Lehigh is getting in Shoup. “Lehigh is getting a great kid, very good QB and fierce competitor. Coach Drew Folmar from Lehigh did a great job of recruiting Addison. His ability to run and pass gives him a very bright future,” Bumper said.
Walton Head football head coach Maurice Dixon talked about what it was like coaching Shoup the last two seasons at Walton.
“Addison was great to coach. He gave us a chance on every play with his ability to pass and keep plays alive with his feet. He had a very successful career here at Walton and we will miss his leadership and toughness. Lehigh is getting an excellent player in Addison.”
Recruit Georgia is in complete agreement with the Walton coaching staff about Shoup. He had over 5,000 total yards of offense in his career, with over 800 yards rushing alone, and showed the ability to create plays on the fly when in the pocket. The Lehigh coaching staff spotted his intangibles early in the recruiting process, and their due diligence in the recruiting process paid dividends.
Walton capped off its season with a home victory over Etowah 34-30, sending the seniors off as winners one last time in Raider Valley. Shoup was an integral part of their success the last two seasons, and we expect that to be the exact same case during his career at Lehigh.