North’s Kenny Streb commits to Ohio Wesleyan

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Kenny Streb

Last fall, Kenny Streb helped lead Eastlake North’s football team into the postseason for the first time in school history.

Not ready yet to hang up his cleats, Streb announced on Tuesday his commitment to continue his education and playing career at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

“It’s a feeling of relief once you pick the college that fits you best,” Streb said. “OWU is such a beautiful campus that has a great coaching staff. I also wanted to get away and experience something new.”

The Ohio Wesleyan coaching staff began reaching out to Streb shortly after the football season ended.

He quickly developed a strong relationship with the staff and his commitment decision was an easy one to make.

“Once they started recruiting me, they made me feel like I was already a part of the team,” Streb said.

Streb, who caught 27 passes for 445 yards and five touchdowns as a senior, was recruited to play wide receiver with some thought that he could move to the inside and fill the slot position.

“Kenny is the ultimate competitor and leader,” said North coach Shawn Dodd. “He is good at everything he does. Football, baseball, offense, defense, special teams, you name it, he can do it and do it well. He was our big play threat on offense and special teams and really stepped up on defense after some injuries. He does an outstanding job in the classroom as well. OWU got a good one.”

Streb, who caught five passes for 109 yards and two scores in North’s 31-16 win at Mayfield that helped the Rangers climb back into the playoff hunt, plans to major in business management or marketing.

Regardless of his major or where he lines up on the field, he’s just thrilled to have the opportunity to play college football.

“I didn’t think I would ever go on to the next level to play football,” he said, “But after such an exciting senior season, I can’t wait to play for four more years.”

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