EATON — Ghye Wilson’s breakout senior season on the football field is leading the Eaton High School student to follow in his older brothers’ Zac and Keenan’s footsteps and play at Division III Wittenberg University.
Even though Ghye decided to further his academic and athletic career with the Tigers, he’s hoping to step out of the shadows of his older brothers.
“My brothers had some influence on it,” he said of his decision. “Just going up there and watching the games, watching them play. I knew I liked it, really from the first game, when I went to watch my brothers play. I liked the campus and everything. I just felt at home.”
Wilson was a first-team All-Southwestern Buckeye League performer as a wide receiver and earned All-SW Ohio honors this past season.
Football wasn’t always the first choice for Ghye. He dreamed of playing college baseball since elementary school.
“I really fell in love with it,” he said of baseball. “But the past couple of years football’s just been the thing.”
“With Ghye, they’re really getting a diamond, really. Statistically, it was just an outstanding season. Of course, Lew (Bowser) would probably take some of the credit for that,” Eaton coach Brad Davis said. “Just an unbelievable season. An unbelievable player. Unbelievable leader. Tremendous work ethic. Coach (Joe) Fincham is getting an outstanding young man.”
Gyhe was also getting looks from schools who wanted him to play baseball.
“I want to try and play some baseball, but I’m not too sure on that yet,” he said of possibly playing two sports.
He said despite the Eagles struggling on the field the past few season, he still enjoyed his time at Eaton.
“The record didn’t come out as well as we would have liked the past couple years, but we still had fun and got after it,” he said. “We did everything we could.”
He will be joined at Wittenberg by two high school teammates — KJ Melling and Lew Bowser.
“My brothers always told me they wished someone around here would go with them. They said it just makes it more enjoyable,” Ghye said. “Having them around will be just like high school. We’ll do different stuff but it will feel like we’re at home again.”
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