Following a standout career on the gridiron for the Newcomerstown High Trojans, senior Chandler Shryock will take his game to the next level by signing to play at Marietta College in the fall.
Schryock was a four-year letterman for the NHS football team, and finished his career with numerous school records for the Orange and Black including most career catches (157), most career yards receiving (2,235), most pass receptions in a season (57), most career touchdown catches (16), most catches single game (10) and best average per reception in a game (3 catches/120 yards - 40.0 average).
Following his senior season, Shryock -- the son of Kathy Shryock-Anderson (stepfather Rocky Anderson) and Roger Shryock -- was named first team all-Inter-Valley Conference, first team all-Eastern Districd, second team all-Ohio as well as 2012 Academic All-Ohio.
"Chandler is just one of those kids every coach wants to have on his team," Newcomerstown coach Eric Brock said. "He just a quality kid all around...a great student, a great leader and just a joy to have on your team. We will miss him a lot around here next year for sure. I wish him the very best in the future and will be following his success at the next level both in football and in the classroom.
"He will be hard to replace on the field for sure," Brock continued. "I've been coaching football for 10 years and Chandler is the best receiver I have ever been around. He just has great hands and knows how to get himself open."
Along with being a standout in athletics, Shryock was also a standout performer in the classroom as well. He currently carries a 3.79 GPA, is ranked third in his class and is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as a Anticipate Four Year Scholar Letterman. In gaining Academic All-Ohio honors, Shryock was one of only 111 student-athletes to earn the honor last year.
Academics were at the forefront of Shryock's decision on which school to attend as he was also considering Mount Union and Ashland.
"One of the main reason I chose Marietta was because of their petroleum engineering program," Shryock said. "That is a field that interests me and I have already be accepted into the program and I'm really excited about that."
Shryock is well aware of the upcoming challenges of playing college football and staying on top of his school work.
"I know it will be much more demanding than high school," Shryock said. "I will have much more studying to do as well as my football work. I will just have to make sure I budget my time wisely and stay on top of both areas."
Marietta College is a NCAA Division III program and a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference.
Last season, the Pioneers struggled to a 0-10 season and will have a new coach in place this year, with Andy Waddell being named head football coach.
"I've talked with our offensive coordinator and they are planning to run the spread," Shryock said. "That there will be a lot of four- and five-receiver sets and I will be fighting to earn a spot in those packages."
Shryock feels his ability to come up with a play in key situations has been a key to his success on the football field.
"I really like using my ability to make a play when the team needs it," Shryock said. "Just coming through when the team needs it is always a big thrill for me."