TAMPA—At the Crusaders’ Sunday football banquet, Tampa Catholic DB Tyree Holder and C Mike Scheerhorn turned their thoughts toward their futures, both of which will take them to the Hoosier State.
Knowing they will be 1,000 miles from home, Scheerhorn, who signed with Valparaiso, and Ball State-bound Holder decided to turn to Google Maps to figure out just how close they would be to one another. And on Wednesday morning, both boys had it memorized down to the minute.
“It’s only about three hours and 19 minutes away,” Holder said of Scheerhorn at Valparaiso. “I’m glad I’ve got some ties up there with me, so if I ever get a little homesick, I’ll give him a visit.”
Ball State, which plays in the MAC, was the first school to offer Holder and did so last March. And by signing his letter of intent alongside Scheerhorn and WR Calvin Armatas, who is headed to Stetson, Holder fulfilled a dream he’s had since he was a 7-year-old playing flag football. A January visit to the Muncie, Ind., campus, where he toured the “mind-blowing” department of communication studies facilities (bankrolled by a $40 million donation from alum David Letterman) sealed the deal.
Scheerhorn, meanwhile, discovered on his visit to Valparaiso, a Division-I FCS (formerly Division I-AA) school, that he probably needed to invest in a coat.
“When I went up there, all I had was a zip-up Nike jacket,” Scheerhorn said. “All the players laughed at me and said, ‘You’re going to go out in that? It’s like eight degrees.’ That was the first time I’d ever seen snow, too.”
Armatas, a member Stetson’s first recruiting class as the Hatters restart football after a 57-year hiatus in 2013, won’t have to worry about purchasing a new wardrobe as he joins what will be a Division-I FCS program.
“Back in November I went on an unofficial visit, and I really liked the school,” Armatas said. “We left contact for a little bit, but I let Nolan Burns, the recruiting coordinator know that I applied and got accepted, and then things went quickly, and he said he’d be honored to have me on the team.”