Monday, March 31, 2008

Renner Commitment

Metheny Picks U-Va.; Renner to Attend UNC
Tuesday, April 1, 2008; E02

Two of the Washington area's most highly regarded high school quarterbacks have made oral commitments to rival ACC schools.

Sherando junior Ross Metheny orally committed to the University of Virginia on Sunday afternoon during an unofficial visit to the school, and West Springfield junior Bryn Renner orally committed to the University of North Carolina during an unofficial visit last week.

Metheny passed for 2,207 yards and 24 touchdowns this season, leading the Stephens City school to the Virginia AA Division 4 championship game. He has started every game at quarterback for Sherando since his freshman season, compiling a 33-5 record.

Metheny also took unofficial visits to Connecticut, Boston College, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia Tech.

"U-Va. recruited him since he was a freshman," Sherando Coach Bill Hall said. "It just felt like a perfect fit."

Hall said Metheny, 6 feet 3 and 200 pounds, has made a full recovery after breaking his left ankle during the Division 4 championship game in December.

Renner, a 6-4 converted wide receiver, had a remarkable first season at quarterback. He threw for 2,749 yards and 32 touchdowns and rushed for 594 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"He liked Carolina the best for a variety of reasons," said Renner's father, Bill, who also is West Springfield's football coach. "The opportunity was good, and he was the number one guy on their board for quarterback and he was the guy they wanted for that class."

Bryn Renner also had offers from Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Ohio and Delaware. Renner, a shortstop who hit .333 with three home runs and 23 RBI last spring, plans to revisit Chapel Hill this weekend to meet with the baseball coaching staff.

"He's going to get a chance to do both [baseball and football] and then we'll just see where that leads us," Bill Renner said. "It will be a one-year-at-a-time type thing, but they have had football players that have done it successfully, so they are open to that."

-- B.J. Koubaroulis and Matthew Stanmyre

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