Two more Cavaliers recently made a commitment to get the post high school education and play ball at the next level.
Josh Leonard signed a national letter of intent to play at Morehead State University in Kentucky.
The 6-foot-3 defensive and offensive lineman plans to major in communications at Morehead. Leonard says he was sold on the energy and desire to win displayed by the Eagles coaching staff.
“They wanted to win, and our last season at Chillicothe, we went 9-and-2 and I want to keep winning. It seemed like their coaches really wanted to win and that’s what sold me right there.”
Leonard and his fellow Cavalier teammates were ranked 22nd in the state for grade point average, a mark set by good work ethic and high expectations.
“CHS is an amazing school. It always seemed that my grades were best when I had football.”
If everything works according to his desires, we could see Leonard as an announcer on football telecasts. “My initial goal, I want to play football, get my degree… and I want to get my master’s, too.”
But it’s possible those plans may have him back home in Chillicothe one day.
"I wouldn't mind coming back here in ten years and raising a family" added Leonard.
Jalen Mischal made a commitment to play baseball for Wilmington College this week.
The catcher/first baseman said he decided midway through his high school days he wanted to concentrate on playing collegiate baseball. He was introduced to Wilmington by football coach Ron Hinton, a Wilmington alumnus.
Mischal says of Wilmington, “They’re athletic training program is one of the best in the country” and that’s led Mischal to one day become a certified athletic trainer, something he became interested in during his Cavalier playing days thanks to Cavs trainer Andrea Anderson.
“Being an athlete, you’re always seeing what’s going on… and I like to help people.” Mischal says he’s not taped ankles just yet, but did admit “When she’s not there, I do wrap ice on people after practice.”
Mischal and his baseball teammates are preparing for the 2014 baseball season, which officially begins with a doubleheader at Unioto March 29th.
The Cavs will be led by former Cavalier and new head coach Todd Seymour. Seymour replaces his former coach Marty Dunn who retired after the 2013 season.
The Quakers have a similar circumstance with a new head coach this year, too. Dan Cleaver takes the reins from Tony Haley who retired after 13 years as head coach for Wilmington College.
Hear Dan Ramey's Interview with Josh Leonard
Hear Dan Ramey's Interview with Jalen Mischal, Nolan Taylor and Ryan Milliken