Country Day linebacker terrorizes opponents

Cortland Selman has his options open on which college he'll be taking his football talents.

But the Detroit Country Day senior, in the middle of an impressive senior season, isn't hiding his preferences.

His first choice, Selman said, is Michigan, followed, in order, by Northwestern, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan State. He has also visited Notre Dame and Bowling Green.

"It's not a done deal until I make a final decision," he said. "The ranking I've got (of preferred teams) could always change."

The quality of education he can receive somewhere would be his No. 1 priority, Selman said.

"Being from Country Day, you know that education is important. I want to get the program that I need. I want to be able to play and get something out of it," Selman said.

"Indiana would be a good choice. But I don't know what they've got outside of basketball. I've wanted to play college football since I was young."

Selman is hoping to help Country Day, off to a 3-1 start, can go a long ways in the playoffs this year.

"At first, we started out very strong with our new no-huddle offense," he said. "Our middle linebacker got hurt, dislocating his shoulder. We still look pretty good but we have some bugs to work out. We lost to Orchard Lake St. Mary, but they've got a pretty good team. We just want to learn from that. We regained our momentum after that."

The 6-foot-2, 210 pound linebacker-running back is leading Country Day on both sides of the ball.

Selman is a four-year football letterman at Country Day, a unique accomplishment at the school.

"I think I've gotten better every year," he said. "This is my last year and I'm starting to understand the game better. My body is developing physically for the next level. Most colleges are looking at me for strong safety because of my speed and size.

"Most colleges like my size and know I've got good ability to get to the football. A couple of places are also looking at me for running back. I'm hoping to know everything I can to develop as a good college player. I've never played at my age level. When I was 12, I started to play against older people. I wanted to learn anything I could and to be ready for the next level."

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