Stone still earning respect

Stone still earning respect

As a junior George Stone was an integral part of St. Xavier's defense last season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker picked up 73 tackles and an interception for the 10-3 squad.

As a junior George Stone was an integral part of St. Xavier's defense last season. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker picked up 73 tackles and an interception for the 10-3 squad.

George Stone is one of Kentucky's most intriguing prospects for the 2012 class. Stone is an athlete who with added strength could see his stock rise during the off-season and during his senior year.

"My strengths are my athleticism and quickness, which allows me to move in and out of holes quickly and get where I need to go fast," he said. "This makes up for what I lack in size. It also complimented my fellow starting linebackers: John Allen (220-pounds) and DeVontae Beach (240-pounds) who were bigger guys. They could bust their way through clogged holes to get to the ball," he said.

Stone sees his 205-pound frame as something to work on to get ready for next season and beyond.

"The area I want to improve on is my overall size. I'm only 205-pounds now, but by the beginning of next season I am working very hard to be about 217," he said.

George is a self-starter who uses his energy to be a better player and takes no plays off on the field.

"I'm very driven and a perfectionist. When I step on the field, I feel like I'm in a place where all my problems can't go," he said. "I'm thankful for it. So when I play, I make sure I put every ounce of energy in my body into every play to show how thankful I am."

Stone wasn't a player people talked about going into last season, but now he's one of the main defenders and one of two seniors coming back on the St. Xavier defense for next season.

"I came into the season really under the radar. I knew nobody really knew what I was capable of, so I had to prove myself every game," he said. "Through the summer I had earned the respect of my coaches and when the season started I earned the respect of everyone else. This season I grew a lot physically and mentally. I'll return this season mature enough to lead my teammates," he continued.

At this point in time, Stone is hearing from Marshall, Ball State, Louisville and Illinois.

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