Gaither linebacker Josh Scarberry has committed to Chowan University, according to Cowboys coach Jason Stokes.
Scarberry had 118 tackles this season while leading Hillsborough County with 14 sacks. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound outside linebacker also forced three fumbles and had five fumble recoveries, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Scarberry’s play was key to Gaither’s run to the Class 7A regional finals, matching the deepest the program has gotten in the playoffs in the school’s 27-year history. The Cowboys went 9-4 last year after winning only eight games the previous three years combined. He was named the All-Laker/All-Lutz News Defensive Player of the Year the last two seasons.
Scarberry will likely play safety in college. Chowan is a Division II program in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). The Hawks went 3-7 in 2011.