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Sean_CaseyRules
03-25-2008, 10:22 AM
I'm in a pickle.... I'm down to two colleges to go and play football at. They both want me to come a lot to play football. I'm betweem Otterbein and Wilmington College's in Ohio. I know that they are very different. I have visited both places, and wondered if anyone on the board could help with other things that may help me decide better.

OldRightHander
03-25-2008, 10:26 AM
Well, if you attend Wilmington, at least you'll be among Friends.

15fan
03-25-2008, 10:36 AM
It's simple:

Who has the better looking females?

RichRed
03-25-2008, 10:58 AM
Otterbein's nickname is the Cardinals, so clearly that's out of the question. ;)

M2
03-25-2008, 11:02 AM
Otterbein's nickname is the Cardinals, so clearly that's out of the question. ;)

How can it not be an otter?

smoke6
03-25-2008, 11:03 AM
Otterbein's nickname is the Cardinals, so clearly that's out of the question. ;)

And Wilmington's is the Quakers. You like oatmeal?:D I've had several friends play football for Wilmington. They liked it there.

RichRed
03-25-2008, 11:03 AM
How can it not be an otter?

I know, I was disappointed too.

Joseph
03-25-2008, 11:19 AM
Footballs obviously important to you, but what are their strengths in academics and how do they mesh with what you want to do with yourself after football?

westofyou
03-25-2008, 11:28 AM
Otterbein is much more of a liberal campus, IIRC, way more than Wilmington.

So the campus culture is going to be slightly different... to touch the tip of the iceberg, it might be less fun being a football player in Otterbein than in Wilmington.

rotnoid
03-25-2008, 12:40 PM
So the campus culture is going to be slightly different... to touch the tip of the iceberg, it might be less fun being a football player in Otterbein than in Wilmington.

FWIW, I've been to a few parties at Wilmington in my day. Had a blast. I'd say that assessment pretty much sums it up. Of course, from what I hear, the team there-- not so good. Could be wrong though.

GoReds33
03-25-2008, 12:59 PM
Just wondering, but have you considered trying to walk on at a D-1 school?

MasonBuzz3
03-25-2008, 01:05 PM
I go to Mount Union, so we're in the same conference (OAC) as Otterbein and Wilmington. Otterbein has newer and nicer facilities, and the program seemed to be taking the next step a few years ago but has struggled recently. Like was said earlier, I would advise choosing the school based on academics and where you feel most comfortable with the coaching staff and campus. If you have any questions about playing DIII athletics, I can probably help out. good luck with your choice, and on the football field against my Purple Raiders

OSUredsFAN
03-25-2008, 01:34 PM
My brother went to WC, he had a very good time there. I enjoyed my visits there. It also depends what you like, Otterbein is just outside Columbus, while WC is in middle of no where.

Sean_CaseyRules
03-25-2008, 02:00 PM
It's simple:

Who has the better looking females?

Otterbein's in the lead in that category, from what I saw. BUT, no offense to anyone, its a very good theater school, so the amount of gay guys are up, and that means that I would still have a chance with the hotties! Even though I'm a fat lineman!



Footballs obviously important to you, but what are their strengths in academics and how do they mesh with what you want to do with yourself after football?

Otterbein is on the outskirts of Columbus, and I'm going to major in teaching, with a coaching minor, and I think that would be a better chance of getting a job.



FWIW, I've been to a few parties at Wilmington in my day. Had a blast. I'd say that assessment pretty much sums it up. Of course, from what I hear, the team there-- not so good. Could be wrong though.

They went 2-8 last year, but a few of the L's were really close, and a few more of my buddies are transferring into WC and should really make the team A LOT bettter!!!



Just wondering, but have you considered trying to walk on at a D-1 school?

I thought about going to Marshall and trying to walk on, but im just too slow. I think I've got the size, im 6'4" and 300 lbs, but I had a knee problem my sophmore year, and I just can't get faster now! :thumbdown

Sean_CaseyRules
03-25-2008, 02:06 PM
I go to Mount Union, so we're in the same conference (OAC) as Otterbein and Wilmington. Otterbein has newer and nicer facilities, and the program seemed to be taking the next step a few years ago but has struggled recently. Like was said earlier, I would advise choosing the school based on academics and where you feel most comfortable with the coaching staff and campus. If you have any questions about playing DIII athletics, I can probably help out. good luck with your choice, and on the football field against my Purple Raiders

The biggest question I have is what is the biggest difference between high school, and college football.

TC81190
03-25-2008, 02:29 PM
Otterbein's in the lead in that category, from what I saw. BUT, no offense to anyone, its a very good theater school, so the amount of gay guys are up, and that means that I would still have a chance with the hotties! Even though I'm a fat lineman!

Classy.

smoke6
03-25-2008, 02:32 PM
Classy.

:D

remdog
03-25-2008, 03:23 PM
Otterbein's in the lead in that category, from what I saw. BUT, no offense to anyone, its a very good theater school, so the amount of gay guys are up, and that means that I would still have a chance with the hotties! Even though I'm a fat lineman!

Sounds like you've got a chance to land the lead in Romeo and Juliett. :) Of course, one of 'those other guys' may land the part of Juliett. :eek:

Sorry, just jokin' with ya'. Pick the school that you think you would be most comfortable with for the next four years. The academic program is important but a lot of the learning in college is not done in the classroom. It's also a time to grow and develope your interests in other things and a lot of that has to do with the people around you.

Go with where you think your heart would be happiest.

Rem

Javy Pornstache
03-26-2008, 12:17 AM
I have done many football games for the OAC conference, of which Otterbein and Wilmington are both members, and neither of them are a preeminent power in the league but Wilmington really is an awesome place. I was as disappointed as M2 to learn "Otters" was not the nickname for Otterbein College the first time I did a game there, likewise I was disappointed "Muskrats" was not Muskingum's, which is clearly better than Muskies. However, the standout nickname in the conference is undoubtedly Heidelberg: The Student Princes. Yes, the female teams are also called this.

Stephenk29
03-26-2008, 12:40 AM
The biggest question I have is what is the biggest difference between high school, and college football.

I only play college baseball but from what I've seen going home and watching the old high school and recruiting some other guys for baseball, the speed of the game is much faster. Everyone's fast, and everyone's more disciplined. That goes for every sport from what I've seen. Good luck.

nineworldseries
03-26-2008, 09:53 AM
I live in Columbus and I'm an English Professor here, so I'm pretty familiar with Otterbein. Both schools are pretty good academically. What it would come down to for me:

Where do you want to live for the next 4+ years?

Otterbein is in Westerville, which is a large suburb of a really big city. There's lots of stuff to do here. There's great shopping and nightlife, etc. pretty close to Westerville. We have a pretty vibrant downtown (Short North, OSU Campus, German Village) that is not far away from Westerville even if you don't have a car.

Wilmington is in the middle of cornfield nowhere. If you wanted to go anywhere, you'd have to drive to Dayton, Cincinnati, or Columbus. On the other hand, Wilmington is much closer to the Reds. That might swing it in my favor :)

But really, I'd way rather live in Westerville than Wilmington. But that's just me.

dfs
03-26-2008, 10:05 AM
But really, I'd way rather live in Westerville than Wilmington. But that's just me.

Quoted for truth.

Blah, blah blah quality of programs and getting along with the coach. Where you live matters. In Westerville you will occasionally have things happen off campus that will be on your radar. In Wilmington the campus will be your whole world.

Sean_CaseyRules
03-26-2008, 10:43 AM
I live in Columbus and I'm an English Professor here, so I'm pretty familiar with Otterbein. Both schools are pretty good academically. What it would come down to for me:

Where do you want to live for the next 4+ years?

Otterbein is in Westerville, which is a large suburb of a really big city. There's lots of stuff to do here. There's great shopping and nightlife, etc. pretty close to Westerville. We have a pretty vibrant downtown (Short North, OSU Campus, German Village) that is not far away from Westerville even if you don't have a car.

Wilmington is in the middle of cornfield nowhere. If you wanted to go anywhere, you'd have to drive to Dayton, Cincinnati, or Columbus. On the other hand, Wilmington is much closer to the Reds. That might swing it in my favor :)

But really, I'd way rather live in Westerville than Wilmington. But that's just me.

Westerville does have more things to do, especially with a pending job with the security crew from Nationwide Arena, which does just about all the concerts and stuff around the area. And if I get the job, I will be workin Rock On The Range this year.

reds1869
03-26-2008, 04:19 PM
I did some substitute teaching for the Westerville City Schools a few years back and really liked the town. Otterbein is a good school and you will find plenty to occupy your time in Columbus. Living in Columbus was not my cup of tea, but if I were in college it definitely would have been.

As I see it, you can't go wrong either way. Though I did like your idea of walking on at Marshall best. :)

MasonBuzz3
03-26-2008, 11:48 PM
The biggest question I have is what is the biggest difference between high school, and college football.

like was said before, its the speed and strength of the players that is the biggest difference from H.S. I played baseball, but was a frequent attendee for our football games. Obviously at Mount, the difference is a bit greater, but DIII is still a big step up from even a decent D1 program that I played high school ball in. Make sure you get a work out program from the coaching staff for the summer and follow it, it will make a difference

Sean_CaseyRules
03-27-2008, 02:04 PM
Though I did like your idea of walking on at Marshall best. :)

Playing for Marshall has been a dream of mine since my 8th grade year, but it just doesn't look like its going to happen for me though. :thumbdown

Unassisted
03-27-2008, 02:36 PM
I'm an Otterbein alumnus, so I'll admit my bias.

There's much more to do in Westerville than there is in Wilmington. There's much more to do in Westerville now than there was when I was at Otterbein back in the 80s. If I had to move back to Columbus today, I'd probably choose to live in Westerville.

Neither Otterbein nor Wilmington has a particularly storied football tradition. Basketball has been a bigger deal at Otterbein than football for years. Figure that sharing a conference with Mount Union pretty much rules out postseason play in football.

Since you're choosing between D-III schools, you're not likely to be playing football after college. So I'd suggest basing your decision on the school's strength in your major. Ask the admissions people for help digging into the details of or even arranging a visit to the academic department of your likely major at each school.