Greyson Sonntag knew a while ago where he wanted to continue his education when he graduates from Wilson Hall in a few months. His choice is Davidson College, located just outside of Charlotte in Davidson, N.C.
That was before the thought of …
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That was before the thought of playing football really entered the thought process. Now Sonntag is going to have the best of both worlds. Not only is he going to attend Davidson because of his academic prowess, Sonntag, a 3-year starter on both sides of the line for the Barons, will play football for the Wildcats as well.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 250-pound Sonntag recently signed to play football with Davidson, which is a member of the Pioneer Football League, a Football Championship Subdivision conference with teams spread all over the country.
"I'm excited to be getting the opportunity to play college football," Sonntag said. "I get the chance to play football while attending one of the top liberal arts schools in the South."
The PFL is an FCS conference like the Southern Conference, of which Davidson was a member in all sports several years ago. However, none of the PFL's members offer scholarships for football.
"Greyson already knew where he wanted to get his education," said WH head coach Adam Jarecki. "Now, not only does he get to go where he wants to get an education, he has the opportunity to play football as well."
Sonntag, who was one of 12 scholar athletes honored by the Sumter Touchdown Club for his academic achievements, was a strong performer for Wilson Hall each of his three seasons. This past season, Sonntag had the highest grade among the offensive linemen and had 47 tackles on defense. Eleven of them went for a loss, and he had two quarterback sacks.
As a junior, Sonntag had 34 tackles, six sacks and four TFLs, while grading out at 78 percent as an offensive lineman. He had 51 tackles as a sophomore, four tackles for loss and three sacks.
Sonntag will be going to Davidson with a clean slate as well. He is part of the first recruiting class for new head coach Scott Abell, who was hired in early January.
Sonntag is one of 27 players in the class and is listed as a defensive lineman.
"They say they want me as a defensive lineman, a defensive end or a defensive tackle," Sonntag said. "We'll see it they want to do something with me on offense. I like defense; I've always liked playing defense."
While the PFL is a non-scholarship league, that doesn't mean it is a lower-echelon league. It receives an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, and the University of San Diego has won first-round games each of the past two seasons.
Davidson was 2-9 last season and went 0-8 in the PFL.
Along with Davidson and San Diego, the other PFL schools include one more from North Carolina (Campbell), two from Florida (Stetson and Jacksonville), two from Indiana (Valparaiso and Butler), one from Kentucky (Morehead State), one from Ohio (Dayton), one from Iowa (Drake) and one from New York (Marist).
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