WOODSTOCK – Varsey Bright is going to play football at the next level.
The Central senior recently committed to play football next season at Division II Glenville State College.
“ I went to go visit the school. I just liked it,” Bright said in an interview after track and field practice Tuesday. “It’s a great environment, not too close to home but not too far. I like the school. I like the professors. They really engaged me. They got my attention. The coaches are great. They’re very intriguing. They sold the place well. They have a good facility. They have a good football program they’re going to build around. And I just liked the school.”
Bright said he was able to take a tour of the school, including talking to some of the professors in the field he’s pursuing – sports management.
He said that he felt like the school, located in Glenville, West Virginia, was the perfect distance from home – about 3 hours away.
Bright had a standout season for Central this year. He led the area and broke the school record with 12 interceptions and also had 27 tackles in leading the Falcons to an 11-1 record.
The 5-foot-9 wide receiver/defensive back said he was also looking at Shepherd University, Shenandoah University, Ferrum College and Bridgewater College among other schools. He said he was happy to be able to play at the Division II level.
“Division II’s great. A lot of people say D1, D1, but it’s all about where you fit basically,” Bright said. “DII’s still good schools. There’s still great athletes in those schools and I think that’s where I fit the best. And it’s fine. I’m glad I still get to continue to play football after my years of high school.”
Bright committed to Glenville State on March 26 and he said he will sign his letter of intent in a couple weeks. He will be getting a partial athletic scholarship.
The Pioneers play in the Mountain East Conference and went 4-7 last season under head coach Eric Smith.
Bright said that Smith told him they weren’t sure what position he would play. The versatile athlete was strong on both sides of the ball and on special teams for Central last season.
He had 21 catches for 470 yards and five touchdowns at wide receiver.. He also ran the ball some out of the backfield, racking up 172 yards on 11 carries with four scores.
“(Smith) told me I’m just a playmaker,” Bright said. “So I’m going to put you where you can make plays at all times and that’s what I want to do.”