Southwest Ohio has a great wealth of quarterback talent in the 2022 recruiting class. One of the less talked players is triple threat prospect T.J. Kathman from Liberty Township (Ohio) Lakota East high school. Kathman can throw and run the football while also adding high academics to the equation.
First Star Football Report caught up with the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior about the highs and lows of 2020 and what he hopes to achieve in the coming months as he works towards taking his game to the college level.
“It was weird all offseason,” stressed Kathman. “Not knowing if you would have a season was tough. Practices and everything else was so uncertain, but Coach (Rick) Haynes did a great job making sure everyone remained focused. He convinced us we were going to play, and we had to practice as we were going to play.”
While Kathman runs the triple-option for the Thunderhawks, he’s shown the ability to throw the football and looked forward to showing college coaches his skill level last summer. Covid canceled those plans leaving Kathman hopeful this summer will play out differently.
“Not having camps was tough,” he said. “Especially when you come from a triple-option offense and need to show college coaches, you can make all the throws.
“I only attended three camps the summer before my sophomore year, so I had plans of attending several camps last summer. This summer, I’ll look to hit as many camps as I can. Right now, I’ll be looking to camp at the local schools like Cincinnati and Miami, along with several others.”
With an NCAA core GPA of 4.0, Kathman is sure to get plenty of interest from the high academic programs across the country.
“I feel my academics help me,” he said. “Coaches will know I’m not just athletic but that I can process things as well. I already hear from several schools, with Columbia University standing out early.”
While some might look at being at the helm of a triple-option offense as detrimental, Kathman knows the game is more than just throwing the football around the field.
“In our offense, it’s all about being efficient, not spreading things out,” he explained. “When you get the chances, you have to take them. We take our shots when we can. It can be challenging because you are running a lot of the same things over and over. I give a lot of credit to our offensive linemen as my reads are pretty much the same each play.”
A multi-sport athlete, Kathman showed significant progress this past season, helping the Thunderhawks to a 4-4 record while passing for 873 yards and 11 touchdowns with only two interceptions and adding 530 yards rushing with two scores in the always competitive Greater Miami Valley Conference.
You can check out Kathman in action from this past season in the following highlights.