Walker Valley's Will Futrell has decided to continue his academic and football career at the collegiate level and will play for Capital University in Columbus, Oh. this coming fall. Seated, from left, are Michael Futrell, Will Futrell, April Futrell and Austin Futrell. Standing, from left, are Walker Valley Athletic Director Mike Turner, head football coach Glen Ryan and Walker Valley principal Nat Akiona.(Banner Photo: Saralyn Norkus)
There was plenty of reason to celebrate at Walker Valley lately, as another football player was presented with the opportunity to continue his athletic and academic career at the collegiate level.
Will Futrell will be trading in his Mustang gear as he begins his journey with the Capital University Crusaders.
Capital University is a private NCAA Division III school located in Bexley, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. The school’s smaller size was one of factors that influenced Futrell’s decision.
“It’s a smaller school with smaller classes, which helps out the students,” Futrell explained. I like the way their football program is too.”
While at Capital, Futrell plans to study history with the goal of one day becoming a history teacher.
During his time at Walker Valley, Futrell was a two-year starter who played at nose guard and defensive end.
“From the time he first started and the time he finished up just improved miles and miles. He really started buying into the program and his role in it. He became a leader on and off the field and is just a great young man. Those are the kind of guys that you really get excited about when they have the opportunity to go on,” Walker Valley football coach Glen Ryan said. “I think that he’ll go up there and do a good job. Knowing his character and work ethic, I’m expecting some big things from him. I think that they’re getting a good one and we wish him all the luck in the world.”
Capital’s football team was 3-7 overall last season and plays in the Ohio Athletic Conference
During his senior season, Futrell had 16 solo tackles and also assisted on 14 tackles.
One of his favorite memories from playing for the Mustangs was seeing the team beat both Bradley Central and Cleveland during his four years.
Futrell believes that he will be playing at defensive tackle for the Crusaders and knows that it will be an adjustment, which will include a lot of time in the weight room.
“Their defense is a little bit different than Walker Valley’s, so I’ll have to learn their defense. I’ll also have to get stronger in my legs because there are bigger guys in college,” Futrell commented.
According to the Mustang coach, Futrell’s work ethic will help with the transition.
“I think they run a 4-3 scheme, so they’ll probably put him in a one technique which is very similar to what he played for us, its just an even front versus an odd front,” Ryan began. “He’s going to have to hit the weight room very hard this summer and already has a workout that they’ve sent to him. He has to make sure that he reports to camp in the best shape of his life. He’s already started preparing and working towards it, which I like to see. He isn’t putting it off.”