By ROB HAMILTON
Mount Gilead’s Austin Strickland will be continuing his football and academic career at Ashland University.
The Indian senior earned plenty of accolades this past season for his work as a defensive lineman. He was a first-team player in both the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference and the Central District and earned special mention recognition in the state for Division V. He also will be playing in the North Central Coaches Association All-Star Game on June 14 at Lexington.
Strickland, who will be majoring in education, has long wanted to play college football, but noted that he didn’t really start looking until this school year. Going to Ashland was a goal of his, though.
“Ashland was my front-runner,” he said. “I had other offers, but once I talked to them, they were my main choice. Probably because of the great coaching staff. They also have a good community around them and have a really good educational program.”
Strickland noted that one thing that attracted him to the Ashland program was its tradition. The Eagles compete in the Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
“It feels great (to sign),” he said. “I got to talking to the coaching staff and it’s real competitive football. I like how competitive the whole team is. It’s higher-level football there. There’s a lot of tradition behind the team.”
Rob Hamilton may be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 1805.