Dylan Weigel was part of a ground-breaking experience when he helped the Pickerington North football team win its first playoff game during the 2012 season.

He and classmate Tony Welch then were a part of just the third North team to make the postseason this past fall when they helped the Panthers go 10-2 and reach a second-round Division I, Region 2 playoff game.

The duo will be part of another pioneering experience as members of the East Tennessee State University football program.

ETSU decided to discontinue football after the 2003 season because of budget cuts, but in March of 2013 reinstated the program.

Although ETSU isn't expecting to put a team on the field until 2015, Weigel and Welch are members of the 2014 class who are expected to sign on.

Both North standouts made announcements on their Twitter accounts over the last few days that they'd be joining ETSU, which will compete in the Southern Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision.

"I really liked the coaching staff and think it's a great opportunity to go there and play," said Weigel, who also was offered by Tiffin and also considered Ohio Dominican and St. Francis University.

Weigel made the ThisWeek Super 25 last fall as well as first-team all-district and all-OCC-Ohio Division. At 6-1, 215, he is the all-time leading tackler at North.

Welch finished with four interceptions last season.

*Got a chance to talk to Brady Taylor a couple hours after he verbally committed to Ohio State on Monday.

He's just the kind of kid from Columbus that you'd expect: He loves the Buckeyes and can't wait to sign there.

"It's definitely a dream," Taylor said. "It's really a perfect fit for me. They've been recruiting me for a while. It didn't work out like I thought it would, but about three or four weeks ago they started to get serious about things."

Another piece of good news is the optimism he should bring to the program.

"I could see us playing for a national championship," Taylor said.