Matt Friend will transform from a Panther to a Red Devil next year.


Matt Friend will transform from a Panther to a Red Devil next year.

The Washington Community High School senior signed April 6 with Eureka College, where he will play football.

“I think that they gave me the best opportunity academically and athletically to excel,” Friend said of picking Eureka.

He was recruited to play center for the Red Devils, who are directed by head coach Kurt Barth.

Friend started in the sport nine years ago, but participating beyond high school is something he has sought for even longer.

“I’ve always wanted to play college football since I was really little,” Friend said.

To play on the offensive line at the next level, Friend said he is going to focus on getting bigger and stronger.

He added he is very excited to join EC after a gridiron career at WCHS under head coach Darrell Crouch.

“I can’t wait to get back out there,” Friend said while heading out of state on vacation.

Friend is planning to major in biology pre-med.