In-State Schools First To Offer Goochland Defensive Back CJ Towles

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Halfway through a regular season delayed by the pandemic, Goochland High School’s (VA) varsity football squad is undefeated at 3-0 with a home matchup with Orange next on the schedule. The Bulldogs are led by junior CJ Towles, who starts at quarterback and safety.

Towles has not only had success on the field so far this February/March football season. He has enjoyed success off of it as well, picking up two scholarship offers since the season began. Virginia offered on March 2, becoming the first school to offer the 5’11”, 160-pound standout, and Old Dominion came through on March 9.

“It felt good,” Towles said of receiving the UVA offer. “I’ve put in a lot of hard work. People have pushed me, telling me I have the talent to play college ball. I’m just staying humble and going hard. Me and my family are excited to get the offer.”

Towles was informed of the news by Virginia assistant coach Shane Hunter, who moved from Inside Linebackers Coach to Safeties Coach this offseason. The Cavaliers are pursuing Towles as a safety who has the ability to play cornerback. Hunter made the Juan Thornhill comparison to the Goochland junior; Thornhill, who is now a safety with the Kansas City Chiefs, primarily played cornerback for two seasons in Charlottesville before closing out his Cavalier career as a safety.

Towles believes he has similar versatility to Thornhill, who played quarterback and defensive back when