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For Grant County senior offensive lineman Eric Strevels, being overlooked is something he became familiar with.
"I have never been the fastest or the strongest, and I've never been the greatest. As a result, I've had to put in a lot of hard work, effort and time," said Strevels.
His hard work paid off, as Strevels gained the attention of several colleges, including Thomas More College, College of Mount Saint Joseph (OH), Campbellsville College, University of the Cumberlands, Union College and Heidelberg College (OH). In the end, Strevels committed to Heidelberg College last week, in what he hopes is the beginning of a great relationship with head coach Mike Hallett and helping the Division III team improve on last year's 4-6 record.
"I think it will be a good match for me. I liked it up there when I went to visit, and they were the first team to contact me and stayed with me through the whole process. That was important to me because they got more of my time," said Strevels, who became the first Grant County High School football player this season to commit to play college football in the fall.
Strevels said the possibility of playing right away weighed in his decision.
"I wanted to go where I was needed," he said.
Grant County High School offensive line coach Corbin Brown got to know Strevels well in his first-year with the program.
"Eric was a great asset to our offensive line this year. My only regret is that I only had one year to coach him. As we went through the year, Eric made improvements in both his position technique and his leadership qualities," Brown said.
GCHS head coach Mike Davis was not surprised with Strevels advancing to the next level.
"It is a great thing for Eric and is well-deserved. Eric has the ability to play in college and has worked hard. It is more of a job on the college level, and I hope he relishes the opportunity he has. His family has done a great job in raising him," Davis said.
As for making the transition from high school to college, Strevels said he is not concerned, saying he knows what he has to do.
"I am going to have to work my way to the top. I know I that I will come in as a new player, but if I keep working hard, I think I can do it and see some playing time early," Strevels said.