WHEELERSBURG- Colin Ahad was a force on the offensive line this season for the Wheelersburg Pirates. Now, he makes the transition to the collegiate game as he has chosen to sign on at Kentucky Christian University Knights in Grayson.
Grayson is slightly over an hour away from Wheelersburg and has a population just under 10,000. These two aspects helped draw Ahad to the University.
“I really liked the small town feel of the KCU,” said Ahad. “It only took me one visit to decide. I really felt at home, and it’s not too far away so my parents and everyone can come watch me play.”
First year Knights’ head coach Steve Barrows has taken over the program and plans to run a spread offense similar to Wheelersburg, according to Colin.
“I really like coach Barrows,” said Colin. “The offense resembles ours here at Wheelersburg. You have to really know what’s expected of you in a fast paced scheme like that.
“I want to be able to bring leadership and reliability to KCU. I want my teammates to know that I will be there for them on and off the field.”
Colin is open to playing anywhere on the offensive line and looks to make a splash by starting right away for the Knights. He believes his experience at Wheelersburg has helped immensely by teaching him patience and hard work.
“I didn’t start until my senior year here at Burg,” said Colin. “It taught me that nothing is going to come easy in life. It takes hard work. There were times that I was ready to give up and quit. Without my parents and coach (Rob) Woodward, I may not be where I am today. I’d like to thank them for never giving up on me.”
Colin’s hard work and patience has paid off as he’s been part of the Pirates’ regional championship team, the SOC All-Star team and is now going on to play collegiate football.
“It’s truly exciting,” said his father, John Ahad. “It’s overwhelming as a parent to let your child go. But at the same time, I’m excited for what the future holds him. I’m glad he stayed close to home so that we can see him often and even travel with him to some games. He’s the first person in our family to have gotten a scholarship and want him to take advantage of his opportunities.”
Wheelersburg is the home to the most successful football team in the region. Woodward helps to develop and mold them while instilling patience and a hard work ethic that each former player exhibits. Now he witnesses another example of that hard work paying off.
“Colin has an ability to always be ready. He has a great work ethic and an ability to persevere. He started his entire senior year and did an outstanding job. As I talk to my players, as I put them through our system, I try to make them understand how to be ready when opportunity arises. And he’s one of those kids that understands how to make the best of those opportunities.
“I’m so pleased with his growth in our program and his growth here from an academic standpoint. He’s showed maturity and growth in both areas. As a coach, it’s exactly what you want to see.”
Look for Colin and the Knights to take the field this fall as they start a new season and a new challenge.
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