Two of the area’s top defensive football players are moving on to the next level.

Two of the area’s top defensive football players are moving on to the next level.

Jarren Reinhart and Tyler Horton of Diamond both signed their national letters of intent to play college football at Graceland University Tuesday before a library packed full of friends and family.

For Diamond football coach Aaron Davied, this is what it’s all about.

“This is great. This is kind of the ultimate goal as a coach,” Davied said. “You want to send kids on to the next level to continue their education and get to keep playing the sport that they love later on. As a coach this is what you love to see. We’ve had a great year and this is the cherry on top.”

Tyler Horton had a spectacular season for Diamond. The senior played all over the field as a safety, corner, wide receiver and quarterback. Horton finished the season with 48 tackles and three interceptions on defense. He is also likely to get a look as a punter at Graceland. Horton was an all-state punter as a junior and averaged just over 36 yards per punt last fall. His longest punt was 57 yards and he pinned the ball inside the 20 eight times.

For Horton, who didn’t decide on a college until after national signing day, the comfort level was the most important thing.
“Really it just came down to the fact that I am much more comfortable at Graceland,” Horton said. “I am a little more comfortable with the coach and the way the school is set up. It’s a small town and I just felt more at home at Graceland than I did at William Penn. I am looking forward to the freedom. Things like choosing my own schedule, I am really looking forward to it.”

Reinhart ran for 453 yards and five touchdowns last fall. He averaged nearly five yards per carry. On defense, the linebacker finished with 49 tackles. Reinhart was quick to commit to William Penn. But he didn’t sign with them right away and when his teammate chose Graceland, Reinhart decided that would be a better fit for him as well.

“We really started to get serious our junior year,” Reinhart said of playing college football. “We knew we had to really commit if we were going to play in college. Coming from Diamond, we know that’s a big deal. I am looking forward to the challenge of college. We have been able to dominate on the field in high school and up there we will really have to compete in the classroom as well.”