Dowagiac trio ink national letters of intent
Published 8:23 am Thursday, February 4, 2016
A trio of Dowagiac seniors announced their college coaches Wednesday afternoon on National Signing Day.
Reid Adams, Austin Taggart and Chucky Nolke all signed their national letters of intent at Dowagiac Union High School Wednesday.
Adams, a 6-1, 225-pound offensive lineman, will play for NAIA national power St. Xavier University in Chicago.
“I like that St. Xavier is relatively close,” Adams said. “It is only about a two-hour drive. I like that it has small class sizes.
The Cougars were the 2011 NAIA national champions and has qualified for the playoffs for the last seven years.
“We are really exited to get a player of Reid’s caliber,” St. Xavier coach Mike Feminis said. “What stood out on film was that Reid played every position on the offensive line and excelled during his high school career. Reid in the fold gives us a lot of flexibility and he will have the chance to be one of our top eight guys upfront right away.”
He also looked at Grand Valley State, Adrian and Albion.
His mother is Dawn Stelmasiak and his step-father is Tim Stelmasiak.
Taggart, a 6-7, 220-pound receiver/punter, will continue his career at Olivet College in the MIAA.
“I liked everything about Olivet College,” Taggart said. “I enjoyed the coaches and the campus during my visit. I liked the smaller class sizes. I liked that it was pretty close to home.”
He also looked at Adrian, Ohio Northern, Manchester and Trine University.
His grandparents are Donna and David Taggart.
The Comets were the 2015 co-conference champions after finishing the year at 9-1.
Nolke, a 5-9, 170-pound kicker, will also play at Olivet College.
“Olivet is a small college, not too far from home. Nolke said. “They have very nice facilities.”
He also looked at Carthage, MacMurray and Manchester.
He is the son of Sylvian and Charles Nolke.
“I am very proud of our players,” Dowagiac coach Mike Stanger said. “I believe they are moving on to good academic institutions with successful football programs.”