The Shippensburg football team managed to eliminate a 14-point deficit against Bishop McDevitt in the District 3 Class 4A semifinal, Friday. Watch each play of the final 1:26 to see how they did it. Video by Lindsey Smith
Despite Cameron Tinner's obvious defensive nose for the football, that wasn't what attracted colleges to the Shippensburg Greyhound senior.
"I put a couple (offensive) plays on my Hudl (a college recruiting website), and I think that's what attracted some of the schools," Tinner said.
It must've. On Sunday night, Tinner made a verbal commitment to Shippensburg University, where he'll be playing not as a linebacker but as a fullback/halfback.
"I think Cameron will be fine anywhere he plays," Hound coach Eric Foust said. "He played offensively for us, but he didn't practice it much, so there will be some challenges associated with it, but he'll adjust."
Regardless of any challenges coming his way, Tinner is ready to take them on.
"I'm excited for the something new part," Tinner said. "Any opportunity to play at the next level, I was going to take, but I think this is something positive because I want to learn more about the game. I'll have to get used to a whole new system and playing a different tempo because they're a no-huddle team."
Tinner was also recruited by Bloomsburg and Kutztown, both members of the PSAC, but by choosing Shippensburg, Tinner followed in his father's footsteps. Clyde Tinner played left tackle for the Red Raiders in the late 1980s.
"Staying close to home was important to me," Cameron said. "Being an only child, I'm really close to my parents, and I just thought it would be really cool to stay at home since I've been around the town so much."
Foust said, "It'll be great for our kids to be able to go up there and see him play. They can follow his career, and that'll be great for our program."
Cameron grew up going to SU games with his father, and he plans to major in education so he can someday go into coaching himself.
As a senior, Tinner had 23 carries for 80 yards and five touchdowns. He also scored the memorable two-point conversion that pushed the Greyhounds past Bishop McDevitt in the District 3 Class 4A semifinals.