Man of Steele to play at Southern

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2005

When Donald Steele visited the campus of Southern University, he knew it was where he was meant to be.

Steele made the decision official Wednesday, as he and two of his Selma High School teammates signed college football scholarships on college football’s National Signing Day.

“When I went to visit, I was like, ‘There it goes,'” Steele said.

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While other recruits talk about weight rooms and workout facilities, it was another feature that caught his eye.

“I really like the four-story library,” he said.

The 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker anticipated playing the same position at Southern, where he will play under head coach Peter Richardson. He was originally offered the scholarship by former defensive coordinator Cliff Lewis.

“He came down and saw the type of player I am,” Steele said. “When I got the offer I thought, ‘I’m going to school for free to get an education.'”

Steele said he would major in marketing, then attend law school at the college.

Steele finished his prep career with 207 career tackles and five career sacks. He was named the team’s Linebacker of the Year.

“Donald came in as a linebacker when I was coaching linebackers,” Selma High football coach Woodrow Lowe said. “He’s a great player.

“I want these three signings to be a motivational tool for the other players,” Lowe added. “I want them to see what we tell them is true. Scholarship opportunities are a reality if you’re willing to work hard.”