Just when you thought Liberty University already had enough faith.The Christian college, located in Virginia, is in line to add a little more after getting local football star Eric Faith to come aboard. After a stellar junior year at Quakertown, in which he made his presence known on both sides of the ball, Faith received a full football scholarship from the university.
"Eric is the epitome of a student athlete, and just a great person in general," gushed Quakertown Head Coach John Donnelly. "He definitely deserves this scholarship."
Despite the possibility of other scholarship offers coming in throughout the upcoming year, Faith has decided to go with his heart on this decision and sign early.
"My sister Katie is going to be a senior at Liberty this upcoming year," said Faith. "I always knew I wanted to go to a Christian school, and after going to Liberty a couple times, I knew this was the place I wanted to be at. I always thought that if I did get an offer from Liberty, I would go there."
A dual threat for the Panthers, Faith led the team in receiving yards (267) and tackles (66), according to maxpreps.com. Despite playing tight end and defensive end in high school, he has been recruited as a linebacker for Liberty.
One of the biggest driving factors in Faith's decision actually had to do with the school's off the field status. Liberty is well known for their academic excellence, and it just so happens they are one of the best schools for Faith's desired major.
"I want to go there and major in worship music and ministry," declared Faith. "I looked at a lot of other Christian schools, but I think Liberty is the best place for me to pursue my major."
Liberty plays in Division 1-AA, which is just a step below the more publicized and well known Division 1-A. But, with an upcoming year that has Liberty projected to be a top 25 team and a schedule jam packed with games against tough area powerhouses, the stage is set for it to be an exciting season for the university.
But even with all the hullabaloo surrounding the upcoming years and subsequent adventures that may follow, Faith is making sure not to get too ahead of himself. Especially with the chance to revel in what is sure to be a memorable senior season for the Panthers.
"I'm really looking forward to the season and playing for Quakertown," admitted Faith. "By no means am I looking past it."
"I'm going to relax and enjoy it even more. Now that everything is set, it's going to be that much easier."
Kyle Gargan is a freelance writer for The Free Press. He can be reached at email@example.com.