3 Belding football players headed to college ball


By Chip Burch • Last Updated 12:57 pm on Friday, May 30, 2014

BELDING — A trio of Belding football players will be trying to bring wins to college football teams this fall.

Neil McCully, Bobby Whorely and Chase Fairchild-Kenny all will be playing football in college, it was announced Wednesday.

Whorely and Fairchild-Kenny will be playing for Adrian College while McCully will try to walk on to Central Michigan University’s team.

The commitments pleased Belding coach Joe Schwander.

“I think without question they will do well because of their work ethic,” Schwander said. “They’re the right kind of guys and they are going to be in the program for a long period of time.”

Schwander said there will be challenges for the trio.

“The challenge for a lot of these kids is when they leave a high school program and they enjoy the great experiences that go with high school football, not many make it through college football, especially at the lower levels,” he said. “I think these guys have demonstrated the commitment and I think they will be in the programs five years later.”

McCully chose CMU because “I felt the staff there cared about their athletes.”

“They (CMU) took amazing care of me and that made a big factor in my decision,” he said.

McCully, who will be a linebacker at CMU, is just hoping for playing time.

“My expectations are I’m going to have to work my butt off just to maybe see the field. And I know that,” he said. “I”m probably going to redshirt my first year, but I expect them to push me.”

McCully could have gone to a Division 2 school but chose not to, Schwander noted.

“The bottom line is he’s a competitor and an athlete and he wants to compete at the highest level possible,” Schwander said. “This gives him an opportunity. This gives him a lot of motivation. He feels like he has to prove himself.”

Fairchild-Kenny chose Adrian because of a challenge their coach issued at a meeting of Belding players.

“I chose Adrian because a coach came here for a visit and talked to a couple of guys on the team,” he said. “He specifically said there were no linemen in the room and that made me want to prove him wrong.”

Fairchild-Kenny also was getting interest from Olivet and Alma College. The deciding factor was the program he wanted to go into, which was athletic training.

“Adrian, their athletic training program, so in five years I will have my bachelor’s in athletic training instead of six years,” he said.

Whorely wasn’t being recruited by any college other than Adrian.

“I chose Adrian because of the size,” he said. “I’m a homebody. I like small places. It was the right size for me. There’s only 2,000 students.”

Whorely’s expectations are to improve physically.

“I want to toughen up a little bit before,” he said. “When I got there there were kids there 6-8 who looked like they were 20 with big beards. So I want to grow up and get bigger.”

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