Brookstone’s Drew McCluskey first visited The Citadel last November with the idea of being a student at the military academy located in Charleston, S.C.
When The Citadel called a few weeks later and started talking football, McCluskey knew he had found his home for the next four years.
McCluskey signed with The Citadel, a Southern Conference team that plays in the Football Championship Subdivision, on Wednesday morning in a ceremony at Brookstone.
“I can’t describe it,” McCluskey said after the ceremony. “It is definitely the most excited I have ever been in my life. I have been waiting for this day since I was very young.”
The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder rushed for 527 yards and six touchdowns and caught nine passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns despite missing four games with injuries (a concussion and a broken ankle).
He earned a spot on the Ledger-Enquirer’s All-Bi-City first-team offense.
“They are getting a great one,” Brookstone coach Blair Harrison said. “He could do a lot of different things. It just depends on where they put him.”
McCluskey took a second trip to The Citadel for an unofficial “football” visit.
The Citadel, which finished 4-7, ranked third in rushing in FCS last season, running the triple-option offense. It is a system that McCluskey feels fits him.
“They talked to all the running backs about the offense and the program,” McCluskey said. “They showed us highlight films from previous years. But the biggest thing was when they talked about the offense.”