Lakeside’s Sean Gaddy added his name to the growing list of football players from the school that will play for Reinhardt University on Thursday.
At his letter of intent signing ceremony at the school, the two-time All-Region and 2012 All-County defensive lineman said the Eagles had just what he wanted.
“I wanted to be able to play football, which is what they offered me,” said Gaddy, who is the third Panther to sign with Reinhardt this year. “And to get a good education, not just to play football, so I actually have a future.”
The fact that some of his friends would be at the university played a factor in his decision.
“It helped a little bit that I’m going off with a few of my friends I played with for a long time,” Gaddy said.
And Reinhardt had been after Gaddy for some time.
“Reinhardt has been looking at me since this summer when I went to a camp in Tennessee,” Gaddy said. “They’ve wanted me for a while and I just decided it was the right place. They wanted me, it was a good campus, it’s got everything I wanted there, and it’s just the right place for me.”
Playing college football also ensures he carries on a family tradition.
“I’ve got a brother who went on to play college football. My dad went on to play college football,” Gaddy said. “It just kind of pushed me to want to do just as good as them.”
With the football team not starting play until 2013, there will be just practices for a year. That doesn’t faze Gaddy.
“There’s nothing wrong with practicing because it’s like going on to a big program where you’ll be red-shirted your first year most likely,” Gaddy said. “It gives me the experience of college football.”
That kind of attitude isn’t a surprise to Panthers head coach Jarrett Troxler.
“He’s a great player with a great work ethic,” said Troxler. “He’s a three-year starter, and a leader, and never misses workouts.”