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Schwab: Kaneland football's David hopeful for chance with ISU

Drew David has peace of mind about where he'll be attending college.

As for what's going to transpire once he sets foot on Illinois State's campus, the Kaneland quarterback still seeks closure.

David, a recent Kaneland graduate and three-year varsity QB for the Knights, has had discussions with the Redbirds football coaching staff about walking onto the team, but it's not a done deal.

"They couldn't give me 100 percent certainty but it seems like it's leaning that I'll be able to walk on," David said Tuesday. "I can't really say 100 percent but I'm training and stuff as if I'm going to be on the team."

David visited Northern Iowa and Illinois State after his basketball season ended. He's had extensive dialogue with ISU assistant coach Cody Deti and is hopeful it will lead to a roster spot once the Redbirds' roster number crunch plays out.

If he ends up playing for ISU, David expects to remain at quarterback.

"They've talked about the possibility of bringing in other players that played quarterback in high school but they said some of those guys would be more flexible to switch around to defensive back or wide receiver per se, but as for me, I'm pretty sure I'm set as a quarterback in their eyes and I guess in my own," David said.

David had options to attend smaller colleges and have a guaranteed roster spot – not to mention an easier path to playing time – but playing for a bigger program was a major priority. ISU and Northern Iowa both are part of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, which competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

David said he's been working out with other college-bound Kaneland seniors such as Tyler Slamans (Western Illinois) and Cole Carlson (Wisconsin-La Crosse).

If the opportunity at ISU falls through, David said he will be disappointed but not regretful of his college decision.

"I'm sure at first it'd be pretty tough to deal with but it's one of those things with Illinois State is I knew if I wasn't able to play football it was a place I could still see myself going to school at and that was kind of a big part in also going there, was I like it enough [for other reasons], not just for football," David said.

Like his classmates, David is mentally transitioning from high school to college as the summer hits full swing.

David enjoyed one last big night on campus in Maple Park on Monday as Kaneland's sendoff for senior athletes included hall of fame inductions for former Knights football coach Joe Thorgesen, former Kaneland football star and current Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck and former Kaneland baseball standout John McQuade. Fellow Kaneland product and former NFL receiver Don Beebe was among the speakers.

"They're still around Kaneland and they still bleed black and white so it's kind of cool to see them come back and receive those honors," David said.

Orlow to run at Eastern: Batavia cross country/track recent graduate Chris Orlow will run collegiately at Eastern Illinois. Orlow was part of Batavia boys track's sectional-winning 4x800 relay team and he competed on his future college's home track at last weekend's IHSA State Meet.

Orlow also won the 1,600 meter run at the Upstate Eight Conference meet.

• Jay Schwab is sports editor of the Kane County Chronicle. He can be reached at 630-845-5382 or

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