Criddle signs to study, play at W. Va. Wesleyan

March 28th, 2010    Author: Richard Crawford    Filed Under: Sports

Nick Criddle, Goshen High School senior, will be attending West Virginia Wesleyan University, Buckhannon, W. Va., this autumn.

He plans to major in a five-year master program in engineering and to continue his football career.

“I like West Virginia Wesleyan because I can play football and I can major in something that I want,” he said.

Criddle competed in football throughout his four seasons as a Goshen Warrior and he earned varsity letters for three of those years and was a Southern Buckeye Conference National Division all-star performer.

Nick Criddle is witnessed at his college letter-of-intent signing by his parents Don and Simone Criddle, seated, and Goshen head football coach Nick Inabnitt, standing left, and athletic director Mark Slagle.
Three varsity football games standout as highlights of his superb gridiron career. "My sophomore year against Little Miami I got to play special teams and that was when I first became impressed with how fast the game was. I learned I had to grow up quickly. . . My senior year we won the game against West Carrollton. There was a lot of pressure on us, but we won and made the playoffs. . . Against Northeastern my senior year we started off slowly against them and then realized we had to get it in gear pretty quick and that helped us out a lot as a team."

Several individuals stand out in the mind of the Goshen gridiron star as being major positive influences in his life.

He said, "My parents (Don and Simone Criddle) always supported me in everything I did. . . Coach (Nick) Inabnitt took me under his wing and made me a better football player. . . athletic director and assistant varsity football coach (Mark) Slagle has always been there for me. He is like another parent to me."

Nick's parents agree with each other concerning his choice of college.

"The school is beautiful. The coaches seem to care about the players. The school is small enough for him not to get lost and yet he can get a good education."

Head Goshen High football coach Nick Inabnitt said of his right guard, "West Virginia Wesleyan will be a good opportunity for Nick to get the chance to play football and have more opportunities to continue to get more education. He has a lot of potential. He was one of the two best drive blockers that I've have ever had the opportunity to coach, both he and Chuck Murphy."
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