Top photo: Flanked by family members, Blake Serpa (left) and Tyler Callaghan (right) sign their commitments at Central Michigan and St. Joseph’s College on Feb. 9. Taylor Andrews (below) signed with West Point on Tuesday. Photos by Mike Slodki
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—How good was the Class of 2011 group that kept finding the endzone for Kaneland football?
Ask three very lucky institutions of higher learning.
On Feb. 9, Kaneland High School was host to signings by Blake Serpa to Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., and Tyler Callaghan to Division II St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind. Tuesday featured Taylor Andrews commiting to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Family, various teachers, Kaneland High School Athletics Director Leigh Jaffke and KHS varsity football coach Tom Fedderly were present for both occasions.
For Serpa, whose interest in the Mid-American Conference school dated back to last year, feels that a productive senior year helped his cause and prospects for the next level.
“There’s not the extra (weight) on my shoulders about where I’m going to go, so it’s nice that the pressure was off,” Serpa said. “Defensive end is where they really want me. There could be some packages where I play tight end, but I’m not too worried about it.”
Teammate Callaghan hits the institution that housed the Bears training camp home from 1944-1974.
“I went there and I liked it right away,” Callaghan said. “It’s a small school right off the interstate, and it’s nice to have that close atmosphere.”
Callaghan is expected to contribute at tight end and major in biology.
“I hope to be a big part of the offense, and this system helped a lot. The offense we run is so dynamic,” Callaghan said.
Flanked in Army gear and accompanied by family and Sgt. Jason Hardman, Andrews is glad to see the next phase of his life come into focus.
“I was really looking toward ROTC in college, and I was really set on Wheaton College for awhile. Then West Point wanted me to come out for a visit two weeks ago,” Andrews said. “The first night, I knew I wanted to be there; the whole legacy of everything.”
Andrews’ eventual position is to be determined.