Saline High School senior Ethan DeLand was one of four Hornet football players who committed to play college ball during the recent wave of signing activity.
DeLand joined Jeb Palka, Tyler Schzan and Joey Salowich. Last year, Josh Jackson committed to play at Virginia Tech.
DeLand, a receiver and running back, contributed to the Hornet offensive attack and special teams for the last two years. Saline coach Joe Palka said DeLand's versatility helped the team.
"Ethan was a player who did everything we asked. He put the team first and was key in helping us achieve success over the past few years," Palka said. "His biggest strength is ability to run. He is a good sized kid who can play multiple positions in college."
Parents: Scott and Eva DeLand.
College you chose: Adrian College
What their coaches like about you: I am fast I can play many positions.
What you like about the school/program: They have great academic programs and great athletic facilities.
What will you study: Sports management.
Last season’s stats: 24 rushes for 86 yards and 1 touchdown.
Describe one moment that stands out above all in your Saline career: Making it to the state final for the first time Saline history.
Tell us about one coach who made a big difference in your life: Coach Salowich has been a coach of mine since I was 13 and he taught me so much, not just about football, but about life and how to be a man.
How ready do you feel for what comes next? I feel very ready. Coach Palka has prepared me and my teammates well with the way we practice very day. It's built like a college program and that will help a lot.