By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(April 22, 2014) – Woodgrove High School senior Will Koester has committed to continue his football career for head coach Mike Hoyt at McDaniel College starting in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“Out of all of the colleges I visited, I felt at home at McDaniel,” said the 6-foot-3 Koester. “The offensive scheme, multiple pro I sets, is the best fit for my capabilities because I am a pocket passer.”
Koester also noted that former Woodgrove High School teammate Riley Johnson plays on the offensive line for McDaniel and that he assisted Koester in his decision to play for Hoyt.
Last season Hoyt led the Division III Green Terror to a 2-8 mark including a 2-7 record in the Centennial Conference. While the current Green Terror is rebuilding under Hoyt, the football program has already left its mark in football history.
On Nov. 23, 1932, McDaniel College – formerly known as Western Maryland College – quarterback Eugene Willis threw the first ever shovel pass recorded. In 2014, Koester will get the opportunity to following Willis’ footsteps, and it is safe to assume that Koester will use the shovel pass more than once in his career with the Green Terror.
“I will add to an already great recruiting class, a strong leader, a smart decision maker and a solid quarterback,” Koester said.
While displaying his quarterback skills for the Woodgrove, the Wolverines often opted for the more traditional football scheme in handing the ball off to powerful running back Josh Sweet, however, Koester got his fair share of opportunities to make plays for head coach Mike Skinner.
The Wolverines football team finished their 2013 season 9-4 falling in the VHSL 4A North region semifinal to Salem on Nov. 29.
“I think to be a part of something that has literally started from nothing to becoming a serious threat has been an experience that will especially help me at McDaniel,” Koester said. “Coming off of a tough year they hired a new coach who is turning the program around much like what happened here at Woodgrove, and I think that my experience here will help me to lead the team through something I have already dealt with.”
The experience Koester has gained at Woodgrove may never surmount to the amount of experience he gained from his biggest motivation.
“I play for my grandfather,” Koester said. “He was the first one who even introduced me to sports taking me to all of my games when I was little he has always been my biggest supporter and calls me after every practice and game to see what I’m doing to make myself a better person and player.”
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!