Erby catches offer from Blue Hose

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By Travis Jenkins

The only problem college coaches might have with John Erby is deciding what position he’s going to play.

Erby, a 5-foot-9-inch, 175-pound rising senior at Chester High School, received a scholarship offer Wednesday from Presbyterian College. An assistant from Presbyterian had previously seen Erby in person, was impressed and had indicated that an offer would probably be forthcoming. The Cyclones took part in a 7-on-7 at the school Wednesday, which gave Blue Hose Head Coach Tommy Spangler an opportunity to see Erby with his own eyes.

“He made a diving, one-handed catch in the end zone right in front of their coach,” Chris Powell, Chester assistant coach said.

That Erby had a good day should not come as a surprise. During this summer’s 7-on-7 action, Chester Head Coach Victor Floyd said Erby has been “un-coverable” at times. Last year, as a junior, he was a big part of Chester’s 9-3 playoff season, contributing in almost every way possible. He caught 39 passes for 835 yards (a 21.4 yards-per-catch average) and seven touchdowns. In addition to playing wide receiver, he was the back-up quarterback (and could start there this year) and served as Chester’s kicker and punter. He averaged nearly 34 yards a boot, was 36-of-43 on extra points and 4-for-4 on field goals. That included a last-second kick to lift Chester to a win over Lancaster. Beyond the football field, Erby also excels in soccer and golf and is an excellent student, having missed one week of summer work to attend Boys State.

“They told him, even if he gets hurt in the first game of the year and misses the season, he still has a scholarship offer,” Floyd said.

Erby has a previous offer from Eastern Michigan. He and the rest of the Cyclones conclude summer 7-on-7 work this weekend at Byrnes.