From NYC to Utah to Princeton, Well-traveled Sophomore WR Thorpe Gets His First Offer to Play Foo...
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Princeton, NJ: From the upper west side of Manhattan to Park City, Utah, to Princeton, New Jersey. What's next, Hawaii?
Just a sophomore at the Hun School in Princeton, Liam Thorpe has acquired a few more frequent flyer miles than most high school students.
Before we get into Thorpe's unique journey, let's start from the present - the 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver/athlete was offered his first football scholarship to play for the University of Hawaii as a sophomore.
"When I played in high school my freshman year in Utah, my old coach was in touch with the wide receivers coach at Hawaii. He gave me his number and told me to give him a call.''
Thorpe made that call.
"He offered me a scholarship over the phone,'' said Thorpe. "I was excited and very surprised. I was not expecting that just yet.''
Thorpe, who said, after the family searched, is no relation to athletic icon Jim Thorpe, still has two years left in high school, so he expects more offers to come. But the lure of Hawaii could be a factor.
"Right now, it’s an option,'' said Thorpe. "After all, it is Hawaii. It's a long way off, but who knows? There is a chance I could visit there next year.''
Currently, Thorpe has received interest from:
University of Utah
Brigham Young University
University of Chicago
Thorpe will attend several summer camps from the schools listed above in his quest to become a college player. He benches 225 pounds, squats 315, and runs the 40 in a fully automatic time of 4.69. In the classroom, he maintains a 3.6-grade point average.
Just being on the team at the Hun is an advantage as far as getting noticed with all the attention the program receives. The program is ranked number one among private schools in the country. The team went 9-0 in both 2021 and 2022.
Being on the team is one thing, but if you can produce, that's a considerable enhancement. This fall, Thorpe produced to the tune of 19 catches for 592 yards and six touchdowns.
Now, how did Liam Thorpe wind up at the Hun School?
He grew up in Manhattan, living on the upper west side. Coming from a football family where three older brothers and his father played the game - his brother Alexander played at Stanford - he gravitated to the gridiron game at a young age.
Before his freshman year of high school, Covid was an issue, with an entire football season still uncertain. So, the family, which used to spend winters in Utah, moved to Park City after researching Liam's best places to play.
After his freshman year in Utah, where he also played lacrosse but would not compete at Hun, the family did some more research on the best places to play. So, they moved to Princeton and applied to nearby Hun.
"I like living in New Jersey so far,'' said Thorpe. "It's a lot different in New York and a lot different than Utah, but I'm adjusting.''
Wherever he winds up, it will be another new place to add to his journey, hopefully in the NFL one day.
"That is the goal,'' said Thorpe.
For more information and film on Liam, visit: GoMVBPlays.com/liamthorpe.
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