Cincinnati La Salle football coach Tom Grippa said for his squad to play well this fall, senior-to-be Ricky Steele must have an all-city season.
So Grippa was understandably pleased when he learned Steele made an oral commitment to play football at Bowling Green.
“I’m happy; it takes the pressure off early,” Grippa said. “You don’t have to worry about injuries or any problems that might come up.”
Steele, a 5-10 and 175-pound cornerback, will be the top contender to be the Lancers’ starting quarterback this fall.
“For our team to have a good year, he is a vital cog,” Grippa said.
Steele, who said he wants to study to be an Elementary school teacher, said he felt a strong connection to the BG coaches. Steele made the oral commitment Sunday.
Steele, who had a half sack and a fumble recovery in the 2007 season, said he had offers from Marshall and Buffalo and interest from several other schools.
“The atmosphere is what fit with me,” Steele said of Bowling Green.
La Salle, which was 5-5 overall and 1-2 in the Greater Catholic League South division in 2007, opens the season Aug. 22 against Cincinnati Winton Woods at 5:30 p.m. in the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown at University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.
The Lancers then play Cedar Hill (Texas) Aug. 30 at Texas Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. That game is part of the Texas Gridiron Classic.
“We’re going to be good,” Steele said. “We have a lot of young players starting. We should be all right. We have a nice run and pass game. Our defense should be pretty stout.”