Rocky River celebrates signing day for football standouts

Ravens James Maye and Jaylon Sharpe with their parents for signing. (Ed Berti)
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The Rocky River Ravens recently celebrated a signing day for two football standouts who will be starting their collegiate careers in the fall.  The players are strong linebacker Jaylon Sharpe and speedster James Maye.

Rocky River High School Principal Ericia Turner addresses the audience. (Ed Berti)

Jaylon Sharpe rated one of the best linebackers in the state has decided to stay local and play college football at UNC Charlotte.  He wanted to remain close to his roots and family ties which were important to him.  Also, this is a great fit for the youngster who should be getting an opportunity to play as a freshmen.  We are very proud of Jaylon who has been a team leader and a fine student athlete,” said coach Gray.

Jaylon Sharpe signing letter of intent to the Charlotte Forty Niners.
(Ed Berti)

Meanwhile, teammate and speedster wide receiver James Maye will be heading off to Miami University located in Oxford, Ohio where he is expected to get some playing time as a freshman.  This program is really a great fit for James according to coach Orlando Gray.  “We expect good things from James who is also a solid student athlete,” said coach Gray.

Ravens head football coach Orlando Gray addresses the audience. (Ed Berti)

These young men have set a high standard at the school and are good role models of what can be accomplished on and off the field including their classroom studies.  Both athletes have been selected to the Southwestern 4A All-Conference Team multiple times during their high school careers.

In his senior year James Maye in 8 games played accumulated 737 all-purpose yards of  offense.  He had 25 receptions for 390 yards and 2 touchdowns.  While rushing for another 147 yards on just 10 carries, and contributed another 200 yards on kick returns.

James Maye signing his letter of intent. (Ed Berti)

Sharpe defensively led the team with 127 tackles, 90 solo and 37 assisted with 2 sacks.  Offensively, he made a contribution as a tight end with 22 receptions for 231 yards and 2 touchdowns.

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Ed Berti
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