MAPLE CITY — Trevor Apsey didn’t just want to play college football. He wanted to do it at the highest level.
Apsey, Glen Lake’s all-state running back/linebacker made that dream a reality when he accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Central Michigan.
Apsey turned down partial scholarships from Grand Valley State, Michigan Tech and Northwood to try and earn a scholarship down the line at CMU.
“I just wanted to go to the highest level I could,” said Apsey. “I just liked the people there, liked the college and liked the competition.”
Apsey visited Mount Pleasant last month and had a good experience on the trip, solidifying the Chippewas as the team for which he wanted to suit up.
“Everything was really nice. I like the coaching staff, the facilities they had and all that,” he said.
Glen Lake head coach Jerry Angers was thrilled Apsey was able to meet his goal by getting a shot with Central.
“It’s great. The kid works very hard and his dream has always been to play college football, Division 1, and he’s going to go do it,” said Angers. “I think they’re gettting a tough, hard-working individual that will be a team player.
“I’ve coached a lot of pretty good football players — Eric Gordon and Darren Keyton, Tyler Alpers, Ryan Brown. He’s a mixture with all those kids.”
Apsey will have to learn a new position as he indicated Central wants him to play safety. The 6-foot, 205-pounder figures he’ll need to improve his strength and speed to see playing time, but that could ultimately earn him a scholarship.
“Once I can contribute to the team something could maybe happen,” Apsey said in regards to his scholarship possibilities.
Angers said he considers Apsey, who also stars as a defenseman for the Bay Reps in hockey and as a catcher for Glen Lake in baseball, to be an under-recruited athlete.
“I think the problem is he really didn’t establish until his junior year that he wanted to play college football, as a three-sport athlete. He really couldn’t get anything out there and show more tapes and stuff like that until he committed to being a football player,” he said.
Interest in Apsey, who was named the Northwest Conference Most Valuable Player this season after rushing for 1,388 yards and making 123 tackles, didn’t really pick up until the end of the season last fall.
“I didn’t have a great junior year so I didn’t expect a whole lot,” Apsey said. “I worked hard this summer and it paid off.”