Three Clinton Prairie seniors will be reunited next season at Rensselaer.
Surrounded by friends and family in their high school cafeteria, Chase Joseph, Grant Ream and Trevor Reece signed their national letters of intent to play football for Saint Joseph’s College on Wednesday.
“It felt good,” said Reece, who plans on study sports management at the college. “A lot of hard work is finally paying off. It is going to be a lot of fun, and I can’t wait for the next four years.”
Reece, the leading receiver for the Gophers during their 2015 season, grabbed the attention of the Pumas staff after he finished his season with 28 receptions for 860 yards and 10 touchdowns. The speedy senior with a knack for making big plays averaged 30.7 yards per catch.
“I definitely knew about Saint Joseph’s a little bit toward the end of the season, and they came and talked to me,” Reece said. “When I got to the campus, I loved it. When I got near the atmosphere of the football team, I really liked the coaches.”
Reece believes the transition to college football will be made easier by the fact that two of his high school teammates will be going through the same experience with him.
“It definitely makes it easier because they are right next to you working hard with you,” he said.
“They motivate you to work as hard as you can and push yourself to be better and compete each and every day.”
It will also be helpful to continue to catch passes thrown by the same signal-caller who got the ball to him with a chance to do something with it so often last fall.
After passing for 2,405 yards and 26 touchdowns and running for 13 more scores, Joseph likes his chances at getting a lot of playing time with the Pumas.
“Their senior quarterback is graduating this year. Other than that, they have a junior transfer,” Joseph said.
Joseph, who plans on eventually getting his MBA from the college, is also excited about making the jump to the next level with friends.
“It’s pretty cool,” he said. “Hopefully, we will room together and continue playing together four more years.”
Ream, who plans on studying athletic training, agrees.
“I think it is going to be great having people who you know already,” Ream said. “I think, ultimately, we will room together and be friends all through college.”
A defensive back and wide receiver for the Gophers, Ream was not ready for his football career to end just yet.
“It was the only shot I had of playing football in college, and I really wanted to pursue that,” he said. “I really liked the campus more than any of the other campuses I have been to.”