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Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Cody Sabol already knew where he wanted to go to college. The chance to play football there comes as an added bonus.

Sabol, a senior receiver and linebacker for Norwin, will join a class of 20 recruits this fall at NAIA school Kentucky Christian University, located in the small town of Grayson in northeastern Kentucky.

Sabol's decision to apply and enroll at the school came many years ago, after he was first introduced to the college through his active participation at church.

“The minister at my church and the former youth minister went to Kentucky Christian, and we went to a couple summer camps hosted by the university,” Sabol said. “Around my freshman year, I decided that's the place I want to go.”

The Christian-oriented curriculum at the school, which includes 30 hours of biblical studies and theology with the standard liberal arts core required for graduation, was a big draw for Sabol, who intends to major in ministry with a focus on youth ministry.

“The school's fairly small, about half the size of Norwin High School, actually,” Sabol said. “But I think it's going to be fun. The people there are very Christ-like, good influences. Going to Kentucky Christian, I'm not only going to get the degree I want, but also become a better person.”

On the football field, Sabol will join a team that last year went 7-4, finished third in the East Division of a very strong Mid-South Conference and was ranked in the year-end NAIA national rankings for the first time. He will be playing for a first-year head coach, Gene Peterson, who was promoted to that post when previous head coach Mike Furrey resigned to take a job at Marshall.

Sabol also will have a chance in college to play a new position, which happens to be his old position, quarterback. Though he moved to receiver as a senior, Sabol was Norwin's backup quarterback in his junior year, when he saw spot duty and started one game against McKeesport.

“They kind of want me to come in and try to play quarterback, but I'm trying to be the best athlete I can be, so if it doesn't work out, I can play other positions, too,” Sabol said.

To be ready to join Kentucky Christian's team — whose colors are red and gray but, like Norwin, is called the Knights — Sabol is focusing on finishing his senior year well in the classroom and working out frequently to gear up for play at the next level.

“I've been getting emails from Coach Peterson with what I should be doing, and he's going to send me a workout plan soon,” Sabol said. “Until then, I'm getting to the gym as much as I can to be in the best shape I can going into camp.”

Matt Grubba is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5830 or mgrubba@tribweb.com.

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