Liberty's Shank, Seibert to play college football

The Olentangy Liberty football team had another solid season last fall, finishing 7-3 overall and tying for third in its first season in the always tough OCC-Central Division.

Although the Patriots were led by players such as Joey Longhino and Bryson Wray, at least two other players will play college football for FBS or FCS programs from the 2013 senior class.

Zach Shank recently verbally committed to play for Dartmouth and senior classmate Ryan Seibert will sign with Kent State.

Shank, who made second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district last season, projects to be a defensive lineman in college. He also had an offer from Air Force and interest from Brown, Colorado State and Harvard.

"As a student-athlete, I wanted to attend a school where I will be pushed to my limits both academically and athletically, so the multiple Ivy League schools really stood out to me," Shank said. "All in all everything about Dartmouth appealed to me as a football team and as a school. (They seem) to really have the team headed in the right direction and the environment. ... It become official in December when I received my official acceptance letter."

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Seibert missed last season with an injury but was special mention all-league as a junior when Liberty won a share of the OCC-Cardinal title.

"I decided to go there because of the coaching staff there," Seibert said. "They really care for the players and I liked the campus and that it wasn't too far away. I'll be playing outside linebacker.

"I also considered Western Michigan, Buffalo, Central Michigan and Akron."

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