Samuels to play football at Northwood University


REED CITY — Chad Samuels, who played a key role in Reed City’s last three 9-0 regular-season football teams, will be taking his gridiron talents to Northwood University.

Samuels recently decided, not only on Northwood, but on football, after he seriously considered playing college baseball.

He announced his decision at a recent Reed City track practice.

He was all-conference in both football and basketball.

The decision was made “a little bit during basketball season,” Samuels said. “But I didn’t sign my national letter of intent because I didn’t know what I was going to do for basketball. A school (Rochester, Mi.) was talking to me about basketball and giving me a scholarship. But they didn’t.”

He was torn between the two sports at one stage. But when he didn’t hear on his basketball offer, he decided to go to Northwood for football.

He was a quarterback and defensive back at Reed City but indicated Northwood hasn’t decided yet on where they’ll put him.

“However I’ll get on the field, the fastest way, is what I’ll do, wherever they need me,” he said.

Pat Riepma has returned as Northwood’s coach.

“He’s trying to turn the program around,” Samuels said. “They haven’t been doing so well the past couple of years.”

Samuels expects to get red-shirted his first year.

“I’ll weight-lift with the high school team and keep doing the workouts that Northwood sent me,” he said.

Samuels is getting academic aid for Northwood where he’ll major in accounting.

“They’re a good business school so that helped in my decision too,” he said. “I’m really excited. It’s not too far from home. I’m happy with the decision. We report to camp (mid-August).”