Five Aquinas athletes make college choices

Dane Anderson is no stranger to The Citadel.


Growing up, Anderson would take Saturday trips to The Citadel for football games at least once a season.

But now others will soon be making trips there to watch him play, as the Aquinas senior decided to walk-on to play football on Friday.

He was one of five Fighting Irish athletes to make their college decision, joining teammates Willie Callaway (walk-on at Tusculum), James Mullins (walk-on at Greensboro College) and Ray Thompkins (walk-on at Alabama State) and volleyball player Ettele Toole (signed with Lander).

“It’s all I know as far as college,” Anderson said about The Citadel. “I know I’ll work hard in everything I do.”

Anderson, a quarterback, said he’s going to redshirt this upcoming school year to get bigger and stronger.

After that, he could have a chance to compete for playing time.

With Anderson and his three teammates announcing their college choice, the football team now has eight members of its senior class moving on to play at the next level.

That group led Aquinas to a 9-4 mark and a spot in the GHSA Class A state quarterfinals this past season.

Meanwhile, on the volleyball court, Toole helped Aquinas reach the first round of the Class A state tournament.

Irish football coach Matt LeZotte said he thought there was a potential to have such a large number of student-athletes playing in college – even coming from a small school like Aquinas.

“It’s unheard of, to have that many guys playing,” LeZotte said. “But we prepare them so well in the classroom that it offers the opportunity.”