For three years, the Alliance High football program featured Eddie Metcalf
in the middle.Metcalf, a three-year starting middle linebacker for the Aviators who earned All-Ohio status last fall, will migrate from Ohio to Iowa to start his collegiate football career.Metcalf
, 6-2 and 200 pounds, signed a letter-of-intent with North Iowa Area Community College
, located in Mason City.
"(Mason City) is the same size as Alliance and I like that," Metcalf
, son of Benzetta Metcalf-Love and Steven Love, was a versatile player for the Aviators
...Metcalf, who played middle linebacker, defensive tackle, defensive end, tight end, fullback and tailback, also was the strongest player on Alliance in 2007, bench-pressing 340 pounds.
Combine physical strength, instinct, an unselfish attitude and a motor which never stopped running and you had Metcalf
, who recorded a team-high 96 tackles, including six-for-loss.
is one of the top five players in the 30 years I've been at Alliance," Kuceyeski said.
"This is a good fit for Eddie
," Kuceyeski said.
also admits the two-year school will help him transition academically.
"My grades were OK, but I didn't do well on the ACT Test," he
"I have to put on more weight and I have to get faster," Metcalf
said.North Iowa Area Community College
competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association
and finished 7-4 last season, advancing to the Graphic Edge Bowl at Northern Iowa.Rivals include Iowa Central, Ellsworth Community College
(Ia.), Grand Rapids (Mich.), Joliet (Ill.) and Harper (Ill.).
"I did some research on the school and found out some players have gone on to play at (major) colleges," Metcalf
was part of the 2006 team which advanced to the playoffs for the fourth time in history and the second time in a three-year period.Pataskala Watkins defeated Alliance in a regional quarterfinal, but it didn't erase Metcalf's memories of two critical regular-season wins against Northeastern Buckeye Conference rivals.
"The two games I'll remember were the (33-26) win over West Branch and the (48-31) win over Marlington in my junior year," Metcalf
smiled.Metcalf became a difference-maker at middle linebacker at Alliance, but he also was an offensive weapon last year, whether it was running the football, or catching it.He
gained 310 rushing yards on 60 carries, a credible 5.2 average.He
also had five receptions for 55 yards (11.0 avg.).
"It's funny, because when I was playing football at (Alliance Middle School) in the seventh grade, we two-platooned and I only played offense," Metcalf
The two were reunited at the high school level and Metcalf
, who intends on majoring in education, said it was a positive experience."Coach Kuceyeski was always a guy I could go to and talk to him about personal things," Metcalf added.