Reed City athlete gets set for college football
REED CITY -- Reed City's Jeffrey Samuels is getting ready for college football.
But he'll miss not having his senior season of baseball.
Samuels was starting quarterback for Reed City's football team and played a key role for the basketball squad.
The season ended for basketball on March 11, and Samuels and other players were taking some time off before joining the baseball squad which had started on March 9.
But a few days later, the MHSAA suspended the spring sports season because of the coronavirus issue.
Samuels played on a young basketball team.
"Our record (6-15) wasn't what we thought it could be," he said. "We weren't necessarily happy with our record."
When the baseball season was delayed, Samuels was hoping it would still be played.
"After it got canceled, it was heartbreaking," he said.
This would have been Samuels' third varsity baseball season. The Coyotes won the conference and district when he was a freshman.
"My sophomore year we also won the district," he said. "Last year we had three seniors on the team and mostly juniors, and a couple of sophomores and freshmen. This year, we had six seniors returning.
"I felt this team this year would have been better than lat year's. We had a little more experience."
Samuels was set to be an infielder and pitcher. As a pitcher, his fastball would have been his top pitch.
"I'll try to overpower kids," he said, adding at shortstop, "I felt my biggest strength was knowing what's going on and making the smart football play."
Samuels is going to Adrian College for football.
"I'll start throwing the football around a little more and get back in the weight room, gain some weight and get ready for fall football," Samuels said.
Samuels said he'll miss the coaches at Reed City.
"They definitely care about you and are down to earth," he said.