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Eagles players make college picks

Four New Albany High School football players signed letters of intent Feb. 6, and a fifth received an appointment to the Air Force Academy.

Hayden Hatten will play at Saginaw Valley State, O.B. Oppong will play at Malone, Trey Quillin will play at East Tennessee State and Joe Siegenthaler will play at Lehigh. Tyrell Howard, a receiver and defensive back, will play at Air Force.

Hatten, a 6-foot, 200-pound linebacker, earned Division II Defensive Player of the Year honors at the district and state levels, sharing the state honor with Cleveland Glenville's Marshon Lattimore, an Ohio State signee. Hatten recorded 149 tackles, including 68 solo, 26 for loss and 12 sacks. He also forced six fumbles and made two fumble recoveries.

Oppong, who played several positions on both sides of the ball, rushed for 332 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries last year, caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown and had four kick returns for 153 yards and a touchdown. He was special mention all-OCC-Capital Division.

Quillin, a 6-2, 230-pound running back and defensive lineman, rushed for a team-high 946 yards and 17 touchdowns on 142 carries to pace a ground game that amassed 3,845 yards. He was named first-team all-league and special mention all-district.

The 6-0, 190-pound Siegenthaler, who missed three games with a meniscus injury, was a leader on offense, defense and special teams. He rushed for 204 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, caught 31 passes for 564 yards and five touchdowns, had six kickoff returns for 154 yards and made five interceptions as a safety.

The 5-9, 165-pound Howard had two interceptions and was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district.

New Albany finished 11-2 overall.

Howard and Siegenthaler's fathers, Ty Howard and Wes Siegenthaler, are former Ohio State players.

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