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Talbot to join Urbana football program

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Chance Talbot, a 2012 Northview High School graduate, signed to play football with Urbana University, Urbana, Ohio, Thursday, at the high school. On hand for the signing included (front, from left) Rhonda Talbot, Cannon Talbot, Chance Talbot, Vic Talbot, (back) Deb Zimmerman, Jeff Gambill, Lynn Romas, Jacob Talbot, Michelle Burk and Charley Jackson. [Order this photo]
In the fall, 2012 Northview High School graduate Chance Talbot will trade his scarlet Knight emblem for a Blue one.

On Thursday, Talbot officially signed to play football at Urbana University, Ohio, an NCAA Division II school.

"The atmosphere there ... when I went there for the first college visit, it felt like home," Talbot said. "It's an opportunity of a lifetime."

While at Northview, Talbot primarily played middle linebacker. Talbot said the Urbana coaching staff said he might make the move to outside linebacker for the Blue Knights.

Talbot also saw action as a defensive end in high school.

"You have to have a quicker reaction (as an outside linebacker)," Talbot said. "But I'm more than willing to accept the opportunity they're giving me."

Talbot added the Blue Knights' coaching staff has hinted at the possibility he may red shirt as a freshman.

"I may see action on special teams," Talbot said. "My goal is to play my freshman year."

Last season, the Blue Knights finished with a record of 8-3, including 3-0 in the Great Lakes Football Conference.

Heading into 2012, Urbana University will compete in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in football only. Other conference schools include Central State University, Bellarmine University, the University of Indianapolis, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Lewis University, Northern Kentucky University, Saint Joseph's College, the University of Southern Indiana, University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Drury University, University of Illinois at Springfield, Maryville University, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Quincy University, Rockhurst University and William Jewell College.

Talbot said he chose Urbana University over several other Division III schools and a handful of Division II schools. Other colleges expressing interest in him included Anderson, Hanover, Franklin and Texas Baptist.

"They've won their conference three years in a row," Talbot said of Urbana. "They're a young team that's getting better."

Talbot will also compete in the Wabash Valley All-Star Coaches Association all-star game in June at Memorial Stadium at Indiana State University.

Currently, he is also raising money to play in the 2012 Down Under Sports Tournament Football All-Star Game in Australia.