Lebbeus Overton burst onto the highschool soccer scene as a freshman placing up gaudy numbers in Alabama.
Now, he has the five-star label each recruit covets.
Overton presently sits atop 247Sports’ class of 2023 Top247 rankings, which had been launched Wednesday, because the lone five-star recruit within the class. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Overton is contemporary off a sophomore season wherein he recorded 70 tackles, 21.5 sacks and 6 compelled fumbles at Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton High School.
Overton began his highschool soccer profession at Bessemer Academy in Alabama, the place he established himself as a pressure on the defensive by posting 105 tackles, 42 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and 13 quarterback hurries. A household transfer landed Overton enjoying towards higher competitors in Georgia final season, however his manufacturing remained elite nonetheless.
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“Coming from a small school in Alabama, everybody doubted me coming from a small division to the biggest division in Georgia,” Overton stated in an interview with 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. “It was a blessing the way I’m coached at Milton and being taught new and different things throughout the season.”
While Overton is on his solution to placing collectively a storied highschool profession on the gridiron, soccer isn’t the one sport he focuses on. Overton not too long ago acquired gives to play each soccer and basketball at Stanford and Ohio State. He can also be an elite pupil, with a 4.0-grade level common to his identify.
Overton’s tutorial prowess figures to play a significant function in how his recruitment in the end performs out. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon and Texas A&M are all main gamers to land Overton, nevertheless it’s going to take extra than simply the soccer facet of the pitch to reel him in.
“He’s really smart in math and science,” Overton’s mom, Eunice, stated. “Me being in the academic arena I’m able to coach him up on what to look for, and he likes business. So maybe a STEM major. That’s going to be big. Some schools do have them, some schools have it incorporated in their academic affairs. They’re going to have to be good in stem or have a top business school.”