Milton High defensive tackle Emory Attig has decided to play for Eastern Kentucky and Head Coach Danny Hope.
"It was mostly because of Coach Hope and his coaching staff," said Attig. "They made me feel real at home there. It was just like family. They were really nice guys. I really like the size of the school. It's 14,000 kids and that's just about perfect."
Attig, a two-way player at Milton, will focus on defense in college. He earned team MVP honors after leading the Eagles to a 3-7 record. He totaled 37 tackles, four for loss and forced 2 fumbles in only five games on defense.
"This year was alright," Attig said. "We had a pretty good running game, but our quarterback went down early in the season. We didn't really have a passing game, so we were kinda one dimensional on offense. I played on offense and defense through the year. I played the first five games on offense and the last five games on defense."
He also saw action as the long snapper where he will likely perform again on the next level.
"They told me that I have a good chance at going in there and starting right away at long snapper." he said.
Attig was the snapper for kicker Tim Pisano, who recently earned a preferred walk-on at Virginia Tech. Pisano finished the season successfully converting 5 of 7 on field goal attempts and 21 of 23 on extra points.
"Tim did a real good job," said Attig. "He didn't get a lot of opportunities to kick, but when he did he was pretty much dead on. He's a really smart kid and he's really athletic. He's going to do a good job at Virginia Tech."
Attig said he plans to major in Business Administration at Eastern Kentucky. He reports a 90 average with a 1090 SAT.
He also had offers from Charleston Southern, Chattanooga, Murray State and Virginia Military Institute.