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Athlete of the Week
McInally signs with Butler

by Phil Custodio

March 09, 2011

Nick McInally is set to trade in his Wolf for a Bulldog, signing to play football with Butler University of Indianapolis, Ind.

"I was really impressed with Butler," McInally said. "They have a great campus and the coaches are really good guys."

"We are so excited," said his mother, Jennifer McInally, at his signing ceremony, Feb. 23. "This is a big day. Nick worked really hard, academically and athletically to get to this point."

One challenge Nick overcame: he skipped fourth grade, so he's always been a bit younger than his teammates.

"He's competed against kids two years older than him his entire life," said his father, Matt McInally. "I'm impressed he has been able to achieve what he has, how he's managed to come through. I'm happy for him."

Nick also earned a four-year academic scholarship to Butler, Matt said.

"Football is nice, but academics are most important," he said.

Nick was named a team captain his senior year at Clarkston High School, playing offensive tackle and defensive tackle.

"It hasn't been too different size wise, but at college, it will be a whole other ball game," Nick said. "I'll push through it, overcome it with my work ethic. I give credit to the (Clarkston High School) coaching staff. They made me the person and player I am today."

Credit's especially due to Head Coach Kurt Richardson, said Dan Fife, Clarkston athletic director.

"Coach Richardson makes sure players are grounded and focused as a team all the time, not as individuals," Fife said.

Nick enrolled at Clarkston High School as a 10th grader and fit right in.

"It says a lot about the community and the kids that he made such a successful adjustment," Fife said. "It's not easy to move into a new school and make new friends. I'm proud of him."