Childress to CMU Football leads Signing Day in Northern Michigan

Baldwin’s Brandon Childress had a lot of options for continuing his athletic career.

He had offers for football, basketball and even Ivy League schools.

However, Childress chose the local Division I school and the gridiron.

“Bouncing back between both of them (football and basketball) I just really saw…especially after the season that it’s what I love to do,” Childress said.  “You can always pick up a basketball and play a pickup game but you can’t put the pads back on.”

CMU’s search for a new head coach did not deter Childress who may also play basketball for the Chippewas too.

Elk Rapids

Elk Rapids quarterback Adam Trautman is taking his talents to FCS School Dayton.  The Flyers finished third in the Pioneer League last year and graduated their starting quarterback.  He also called the school the perfect blend of academics and athletics.

“That’s everyone’s dream when they go play college, you know, end up in the NFL,” Trautman said.  “That would be great if that ended up happening but ultimately I just want to go play a great 4 or 5 years of football and graduate with a great degree in engineering and then start my life from there.”

Trautman’s wide receiver Rob Wolfington also signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Baldwin Wallace next year.  The Yellow Jackets are a Division III school in Ohio that owns the most wins in Ohio Athletic Conference history.

Wolfington seems most happy about continuing his collegiate career.

“When our season ended this year I was mostly sad because the people I’ve been playing with the past nine to ten years…you know it’s done, it’s over with,” Wolfington said.  “I feel really blessed and honored to be able to play another four years and be able to contribute to another team and create another family again through football.”

Traverse City Central

Ethan Campbell and Seth Tice were teammates at Traverse City Central and will be teammates again next year at Michigan Tech.

Campbell led the Trojans in rushing by averaging 97.1 yards per game in 2014.  He also rushed for seven touchdowns.

Lineman Seth Tice led the Trojans in tackles for loss last season with eight and a half.

However, going to the same school allows Campbell and Tice the opportunity to continue a friendship that has lasted a decade.

“I always wanted to play college football, always wanted to play at that next level so I always worked hard towards that so I can get there,” Tice said.  “It’s going to be great, to have one of your teammates, someone you’ve been friends with since middle school and elementary school.”

“We can keep each other up,” Campbell said.  “(We can) push each other during summer workouts.  I think it will be really beneficial for both of us.  We’re explosive, we have great work ethics and we know how to play football too so I think that’s good.”

Michigan Tech finished second in the GLIAC last year to Ferris State.