Over the weekend, 254 former college football players realized a lifelong dream when they heard their name called during the 2020 NFL Draft.
On Sunday, North junior Ethan Spoth locked down a dream of his own when he verbally committed to continue his education and football career at the University of Toledo.
“Knowing that I will be able to continue my education and football further into my college career is a great feeling because I get to enjoy something that’s been a huge part of my life for at least another four years and hopefully more,” Spoth said.
Spoth, a 6-foot-4, 310-pounder, also received scholarship offers from Kent State, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan and Fordham.
He felt most comfortable with the Rockets.
“What led me to the decision about Toledo was a lot of things,” Spoth said. “Their facilities are amazing, the campus is beautiful, and I have a great relationship with the coaches. It was just all the right fit for me.”
Offensive line coach Mike Hallett did most of the heavy recruiting lifting for the Rockets but head coach Jason Candle also played a role in Spoth’s decision.
“We built a great relationship with each other and I’m excited to grow that relationship further in the coming years,” Spoth said.
Toledo recruited Spoth as an interior lineman.
“He’s a tremendous young man,” North coach Shawn Dodd said. “He’s a strong, physical player who wants to hurt people on the field. He finishes plays well, he’s a vocal leader and he’s very smart on the field. He’ll be a great addition to Toledo on the inside at guard or center. They like him a lot and are getting a good one.”
Spoth is excited about his future at Toledo but first, he has one more year of high school ball to finish with the Rangers.
Despite the COVID-19 lockdown, Spoth has remained physically active in order to prepare for his senior season and beyond.
“During the lockdown, it’s been hard but I am lucky enough to have some equipment in my garage to help me lift,” he said. “I’ve been doing sprints constantly in my yard and down the street just to get in whatever I can during this time.”