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February 18, 2014

Will Lange inks with Davidson College

Somerset — Despite playing in only 5 games his senior season, Somerset High School senior running back Will Lange made a huge impact for the Briar Jumpers down the stretch in their post-season run to the state semifinals. Lange’s talent as solid halfback, who had the ability to run by defenders and catch the long ball, earned himself a shot to play at the next level.

Lange signed to play for Davidson College. Lange will join his Jumper teammate and best fiend Cam Cheuvront at the prestigious college in North Carolina. Davidson College is ranked among America’s strongest and most selective liberal arts colleges, is considered the Ivy league school of the south, and is alma mater to 23 Rhodes Scholars.

“I went to Davidson this past summer to do a combine and I did really well,” Lange stated. “They seemed to really like me there, but at the time I didn’t think it was the college for me and I didn’t think I was going to go there. Even up to a month ago, I didn’t think I was going to Davidson.”

“But one of their recruiting tactics to their top recruits was a saying, ‘Invest in 40 years of your future, not just 4 years’,” Lange explained. “Davidson is a D1 school, but the academics is the best part of what they offer. I knew that using football as my ticket to get into Davidson was the best option for me in my personal life.”

However in the early months of his senior football season, Lange wasn’t sure about his future as a football player after missing the Briar Jumpers’ first 8 games.

“My hamstring injury this past season was really frustrating,” Lange admitted. “At the start of the season I had several big colleges interested in me, but once I missed the first 4 to 6 games at the start of the season most of those colleges jumped off the band wagon. But Davidson was the one college that stuck with me through thick and thin, and they never stopped recruiting me.”

“At one point I didn’t think I was going to play football at all because of my hamstring injury,” Lange continued. “I really thought my hamstring injury was going to end my football career.”

And with Lange not in the line-up, the Jumpers struggled throughout the first part of the season and in district play. The Jumpers ended up traveling for most of the post-season. But with Lange back in the line-up, Somerset was a much better team and advanced to the state semifinals before losing by a mere point at Newport Central Catholic.

During the post-season, Lange scored 10 touchdowns (6 rushing and 4 receiving) and averaged 22.4 yards per reception.

“It is sort of ironic that Cam and Will are signing for the same school, because once Will got healthy it opened up a lot of things for Cam on the football field,” Somerset football coach Robbie Lucas stated. “Early on defenses were rolling to Cam’s side of the field, but what you saw late in the season is that once you put two athletes (Lange and Cheuvront) who can run 4.5 and 4.4 (in the 40 meter dash), and put them on the side of each other — teams can’t adjust to that.”

“Will is probably the most under-recruited kid I have ever had,” Lucas commented. “A lot of people missed on him due to the fact he didn’t play a lot. I know you got to have it on film to see it and believe it, but I am telling you right now, Will Lange is a heck of a player. He was tied as the top player of our team. He does a good job of catching the ball and running the ball. He is just an excellent player. I expect him athletically and academically to have one of the better careers to ever come out of Somerset – and that says a lot.”

As a junior, Lange rushed for 784 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns, and had 347 receptions yards with 3 touchdowns by air. Lange also excels on the track with state meet sixth-place finishes in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.

The experience of signing to play football in college was made even more special for Lange because of his best friend, Cam Cheuvront’s signing to Davidson as well.

“It is so special and fun knowing I am going to be playing college football with my best friend,” Lange said with a smile. “We played together on our first-ever football team up through middle school, high school and now college.”

“It is going to be nice to already know someone in North Carolina and on my football team.”



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