Sims to continue football at Illinois college; Kailing opts for Ferris
REED CITY — Two standout football players for Reed City’s 2010 squad that was 9-0 during the regular season, have announced their intentions for college careers.
Last week, Nate Kailing announced that he would be attending Ferris State as a preferred walk-on and would major in business management. He was also a running back for Reed City and also a linebacker and is figuring on probably playing defense for the Bulldogs.
Trent Sims signed to play at Robert Morris at the University of Illinois, a college at the south side of Chicago. He said his mother informed him about the program, which is only three years old. He got in contact with the school and said he was offered to have about 80 percent of his tuition paid. It was the best offer he received from any school.
“I’m really excited,” Sims said. “It’s a new program.”
While some first-year players are redshirted, Sims indicated he’ll be playing for Robert Morris right away.
After his senior high school season, Sims had shoulder surgery but indicated that his rehab process is coming along nicely. It did mean, however, that he wasn’t able to play basketball this season.
“At first, I didn’t think it was that big of a deal,” he said. “As the season went on, I missed it.”
Kailing said he had other options besides Ferris State.
“Ferris invited me to test with them,” he said, adding that as a result, he was offered a roster spot. “They were the first ones to talk to me about playing for them. I think they’ll turn the program around. I want to be a part of it.”
Kailing said he anticipates possibly being redshirted for the 2012 season. He’s also looking at a linebacker-cornerback spot.