Every high school athlete has aspirations of taking their talents to the collegiate level. But very few athletes have the opportunity to see their dreams come to fruition.
For Portsmouth senior Alex Grashel, those dreams have become a reality.
Grashel has decided to take his talents to Wittenberg University.
The versatile offensive lineman has experience playing all five positions on the o-line, which will serve him and the Tigers well. However, even though Grashel is a good fit in the football program, academics triumphed athletics in Grashel’s decision to sign with Wittenberg.
“Their academics over football,” Grashel said. “They’re a really good academic school. They are ranked really high and their campus lifestyle really drew me to them.”
After a successful academic career at Portsmouth, Grashel is planning on majoring in Education. He has aspirations of becoming a teacher and a coach.
However, before those goals are accomplished, the 6-foot-1-inch, 235 pound senior has four years of football ahead of him. Grashel understands his limitations and his willingness to work to become more prepared for college athletics.
“I’m going to need to get stronger,” Grashel said. “The speed and the strength of the game is completely different from high school and college. I know I need to get a lot stronger and a lot faster to be able to compete at the next level.”
While excited about his new venture, Grashel is also proud of what his high school teammates were able to accomplish under first year coach Jason Sparks.
“I want them to think my senior class, we were the first class with coach Sparks, we were the stepping stone to rebuilding this program and getting it back to where to should be.”
Grashel is humbled by his opportunity and is grateful to those people that have shaped his life and career.
“I want to thank all my coaches through Coach Clifford and Coach Sparks over the past four years,” Grashel said. “They’ve helped me to become who I am as a football player. And my mom for always being there. From all my practices and she was at all of my games.”
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.