The Next Level: Tyler, Conway, Ransome

XAVIER TYLER
Football, Defensive Tackle
L.C. Bird High School
Senior at Shepherd University
The 6-3 290 pound defensive lineman has made waves since attending Shepherd and has been a two-year starter on a defensive line that anchors the best run defense in D-2 college football for the past three seasons. NFL scouts have taken notice as ten teams, including the Dolphins, Packers and Patriots have scouted and interviewed the senior. Tyler hopes to get on the draft radar, but will more likely earn an invite to training camp next year as an undrafted free agent. In 2013, he’s clogged the middle, garnering five tackles and two sacks.

MICHAELA CONWAY
Golf
Thomas Dale High School
Sophomore at Lincoln Memorial College (TN)
Conway was an honors student during her time at Thomas Dale. As a senior, she placed 18th in girl’s state; as a junior, she placed  30th. In her sophomore season the Railsplitter has the four best scoring average on the team at nine over par through two events. While participating in just two events as a freshman, Conway has made strides and will look to further improve her 2013 performance as Lincoln Memorial will travel to play in the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate tournament October 7-8 at the Sea Trail Golf Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

RONNIE RANSOME
Football, Center
Matoaca High School
Sophomore at Virginia State University
The former Warrior and sociology major has come into his own, anchoring the Trojan offensive line at center. Starting as a freshman, Ransome was named to the 2012 All CIAA Football Rookie Team for his play on a line that gained 2,944 yards of total offense and rushed for 1,111 yards. As of press time, the Trojans have already gained 717 yards on the ground through four contests and are currently 3-1. The 6-1 280 pound lineman excelled for Matoaca, earning first team All-Central District honors and honorable mention all-region accolafes as a senior.

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