FOOTBALL: TWO HUSKIES HEADED TO WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY
From an article by Joseph Hayes, Times Herald, February 8, 2018
It was a moment they will always remember.
The Blue Water Area continues to produce football players and on Wednesday, three more signed to play at Wayne State University.
Port Huron Northern defensive lineman Kofe Kimbrell and wide receiver Steven Mason, along with Richmond quarterback Chase Churchill, are all headed to the Division 2 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference school.
Yale senior Dalton Thorner will also attend the school as a preferred walk-on.
“Steven and Kofe have worked tirelessly for this moment and have been great leaders for this program,” Northern coach Larry Roelens said. “Both kids have outstanding work ethic and I know will do great things at Wayne State.
“They, along with previous classes, have laid a great foundation for the Northern football program.”
Churchill was thrilled to get the chance to represent Richmond on the next level.
“Wayne State is a great program and is up and coming in the GLIAC,” Churchill said. “Coach (Paul) Winters and coach (Jeff) Reardon have a lot of faith in me and see me thriving in their system. I’m redshirting my first year to get bigger, stronger, faster, and learn the playbook inside and out.
“I’ll miss the brotherhood of Richmond football, having the whole town in the stands cheering you on under the Friday night lights. I’ll miss the coaching staff like (John) Kocher and (Brian) Schorman.
“But I’m more than excited to start the next journey of my life and couldn’t be happier it’s at Wayne State. Go Warriors.”
Mason and Kimbrell will leave Northern after leading the school to its best season in three decades.
“I chose Wayne State because I wanted to be able to pursue my career in computer engineering, and I also wanted to play my first year without sacrificing potential exposure to NFL teams and what not,” Mason said.
Kofe Kimbrell leaps to block a punt in the first quarter of Port Huron Northern’s 28-6 win at Center Line on Sept. 10, 2016. (Photo: Matt Sheehan/Times Herald)
“It’s close to home so that’s always a bonus and it’s in the middle of Detroit, so I’ll also be able to keep myself occupied in my free time between football and school.”
Having a familiar face at Wayne State should also benefit the Huskies seniors.
“I thought the school was perfect for me for several reasons,” Kimbrell said. “I love the atmosphere. Everyone is nice and sweet and helpful. When I went to watch the basketball game, everyone there was excited. Walking around campus was awesome.
“It’s close to home and family means a lot to me. I wanted to go to a college that wasn’t too far. And then they had the best programs for psychology and criminal justice. It’s going to be great to have this experience with Steven. He and I are good friends and it will make everything much easier.”
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