Cleveland's Rob Cooke has signed to play with the Bulldogs at Tennessee Wesleyan College next year. "Wesleyan has a great program. I know a couple players have gone there from Cleveland. I met the coaches and they are great guys, and it's close to home so I can come back and see my parents," Cooke explained.
"I can't wait to start building relationships at college, and I'm really thankful for the opportunity to play soccer at the next level. Not everyone gets a chance to keep playing at the college level."
Cooke will do his best on the pitch, but says his focus will remain on achieving good grades and being a positive force on the college's campus, both in and out of soccer.
"I think I can bring my leadership abilities to really help a team out. I want to be a leader on and off the field. I want to represent God in everything I do. I'm going to keep my family and friends close, and try to be the best person I can be," he expressed.
"I'm going to miss everything about being a Raider. All the players out on the field are my best friends. My coaches are great guys, I can't say enough about them. They invested the time and effort to give me the qualities I have today," Cooke stated.
For his part, Raider soccer coach John Brose couldn't be more proud of yet another Cleveland player reaching that next level in his academic and athletic career.
Quotes from Cleveland Daily Banner- author Reese Rutland