West Holmes tight end/defensive end and punter Brock Macaulay, who at 6-foot-7, 240 pounds is gifted with great size, but also carries a 3.4 GPA, signed a letter of intent last Wednesday to play football at Kent State.
"I like the distance to home. It's about an hour and 15 minutes, which is far enough away, but not too far. Both my parents went there. I thought that was cool. I really like the area at Kent. Academics are good," Macaulay said.
Macaulay certainly crushes the stereotype of big, dumb linemen in football.
"You have to be smart to play football and be successful," West Holmes coach Kevin Maltarich said. "Kent saw his ability and possibly what he can do in the future, and they're getting a heck of a player," said Maltarich.
Two other Knights signed scholarships Wednesday, as soccer players Cortney Kozak and Shelby Harris signed letters of intent accepting scholarships to play soccer in college.
Kozak, a defender, will play at Ohio Dominican and Harris, a goalie, will continue her education at Indiana Wesleyan.
"The most important thing to me was academics. I know I'm not going to play soccer my whole life," Kozak said. "I also wanted to play soccer in college. Ohio Dominican had everything I was looking for. Every time I go on campus, I really like it there."
Harris said she found just what she was looking for in her college choice.
"It was exactly what I was looking for in a university," Harris said. "It's the perfect size for me. It's christian-based education, which is exactly what I was looking for, and their nursing program is highly ranked, and that's what I wanted. Plus, they have a highly competitive soccer program, but it's not going to be overwhelming for me.
"Indiana Wesleyan has an amazing soccer program, and I'm hoping that as my team got better in high school, I gotmore into the sport and I put more dedication into it, so I'm hoping that when I get to Indiana Wesleyan, that will continue and I can build off their success to become a better player," she continued.
West Holmes soccer coach Josh Wengerd says he is proud to see his players moving on to the next level.
"It is extremely rewarding to see these girls go on and play at the next level," Wengerd said. "It's a tribute to them because they love the game."