By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Feb. 14, 2014) – On Feb. 5, John Champe High School senior Haseeb Rana became the first player in the school’s history to sign his National Letter of Intent to continue his athletic career in college.
Rana made his commitment official when he signed his NLI to the University of Charleston where he play football for the Division II Golden Eagles starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“The [Champe] coaching staff started the program and built it. I had the role of doing what I could do to help the team,” said the 6-foot Rana. “It’s a feeling that words can’t describe being the first in Champe history, and I feel very honored for it. [Committing to Charleston] felt like a great opportunity to excel in football and in school. The campus looked amazing and the coaching staff was great to me.”
Born in New York City, but raised in Loudoun County, Rana helped lead the Knights to a 2-8 season in 2013, picking up Champe’s first two wins in school history. One of those wins came in the fashion of a 19-17 victory over their “crosstown rival” and sister school Freedom High School on Oct. 18.
Last fall, Rana rushed for 230 yards on 48 carries and by the end of the season started at either quarterback or defensive back every game.
At Charleston, Rana will line up at the wide receiver position for the small West Virginia school.
In 2013, the D2 Golden Eagles went 6-5 including a 6-3 record in the Mountain East Conference aided by Tuscarora High School graduate Darrius Anderson.
“It’s truly a blessing and I’m thankful for the opportunity I was given,” Rana said. “It’s a great feeling right now, but there’s a long road of work ahead. I’m hoping to be an offensive threat and to be the hardest worker.”
Rana grew up watching his older brother Shawn work hard and from then on he was determined to be the best football player he could be.
“I stay motivated by knowing that there’s always someone working harder than me,” Rana said. “I’m in love with the sport.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!