WADSWORTH — Nick Seme sustained a knee injury in Wadsworth’s football opener at Ashland, costing the senior the remainder of his final prep season.
Seme will make a return trip this fall, however, this time as a member of the Ashland University football team. The tight end/outside linebacker signed a letter of intent to play for the Division II school earlier this month.
The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder was also recruited to throw for the Eagles track team.
“I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to continue my athletic career in not only one, but two sports,” he said. “It’s always been something I’ve strived for ever since I was a little kid.”
Seme had his sights set high for his senior year, but an opposing player landed on his knee while he was long-snapping on an extra point in the fourth quarter of Wadsworth’s 35-28 season-opening win over Ashland.
The Ashland University coaching staff remained in contact with the 17-year-old because he had an impressive junior season for Wadsworth, which advanced to the D-I regional championship.
Seme was also a regional-qualifying thrower in track after finishing runner-up at the Nordonia District in the discus, along with placing second in the shot put and fourth in the discus at the Suburban League Meet.
“Through the entire process, the coaching staff stood out significantly,” he said. “(Recruiting coordinator) Dave Elliott and (Ashland head coach) Lee Owens made a great impression on me and my family. The coaching staff, both football and track, influenced my decision greatly.”
Seme, who plans on majoring in exercise science with a minor in business, will join an Eagles football program that is coming off its first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship. Ashland went 11-0 in the regular season and advanced to the D-II playoffs for the third time in school history before seeing its season come to an end with a heartbreaking 33-28 second-round loss to West Texas A&M.
Seme, who considered Youngstown State, Findlay and Mount Union, among others, will also be under the guidance of strength and conditioning coach A.G. Kruger, a two-time Olympian in the hammer throw.
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