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Eriksen soars as Eagle

Ian Eriksen runs past Rochester Adams in last year's opener. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
July 24, 2013 - The gridiron heroes are keeping busy during the summer by finding the best school for them after they graduate in 2014.

Clarkston High School running back Ian Eriksen is the most recent of the Wolfpack to commit to college. Come next fall he will suit up in green and white for Eastern Michigan University.

He was considering Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, Bowling Green State University and Iowa.

He was able to explore the campus when he was there for a football camp.

"I was able to walk around the campus, see the facilities and meet the coaches," Eriksen said. "They are all great coaches and it's a great atmosphere. Shortly after is when I decided. It wasn't on my mine much while talking to schools to stay in the area. It is nice."

He added it felt good to have the decision made as he goes into his senior year.

"The recruiting process is busy and chaotic sometimes," he said. "It is nice to get it out of the way so I can focus on the season and playing the game."

His goal for the season is to help his teammates have a successful season.

"Even more so than last year," he added. "Making it to Ford Field is always a goal to finish the season."

Working hard during his last season will help him prepare for his freshman year at Eastern. He added all of the players have been working hard to get ready for the upcoming season.

Eriksen noted playing football in Clarkston since he was in elementary school has helped prepare him. He started in Clarkston Chiefs playing with the freshman and JV teams for two years each before playing for Sashabaw Middle School in seventh grade.

"Clarkston has always had a winning tradition and winning attitude," he said. "The coaches are really spirited, competitive and intense. I think coming from such a high level program like Clarkston will make the transition easier."

Early in the summer teammates linebacker Nick Matich, defensive back Tim Cason and defensive tackle David Beedle also committed to colleges in Michigan. Matich and Cason chose Western Michigan University and David Beedle will head to Michigan State University.

The Wolves suit up in pink and blue for their annual Football for a Cure in their pre-season scrimmage on Aug. 17, 7 p.m.

The boys season opener is Aug. 30 at Rochester Adams, kick off is set for 7 p.m.

"We will be ready to go like we always are," Eriksen said. "It's going to be a good year."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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