Boys Varsity Football
The drive is alive for Daveed Jolley.
The Columbus North defensive back has committed to continue his academic and athletic career at Hanover College. The 5-11, 170-pound senior finalized his commitment earlier this week and is looking forward to playing football for the Panthers. He picked Hanover over Wittenberg University for football. He also considered Indiana University, but he would not have played football there.
Hanover is a NCAA Division III program that is part of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. The Panthers, coached by Matt Theobald, went 9-2 last season, won the HCAC championship at 7-0 and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs.
Jolley talked with Theobald and defensive coordinator Aarik Gault during the recruiting process.
“Football was a key part of my final decision,” said Jolley, who totaled 44 tackles, two passes broken up, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick en route to being selected honorable mention all-Conference Indiana as a senior. “I’ve been playing since I was 8 years old and in the second grade. The drive is still there, and I’m not ready to stop. I can’t seem to get enough.”
For his career, Jolley earned three varsity letters while amassing 94 tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception, six PBUs, one fumble recovery, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. He also totaled 332 yards and five touchdowns on 72 carries as a running back and averaged 29.0 yards on two kick returns.
At Hanover, Jolley – who plans to major in business in preparation for a possible career in residential real estate – appears likely to play cornerback. He also may play safety or kick returner, and there is a chance he could be used as an outside linebacker in certain situations.
“They’ve had a lot of success and one of their open spots is at cornerback,” said Jolley, winner of the Bull Dogs’ John R. Skobel Memorial Scholarship last fall. “Since I play cornerback, they told me that I would have a chance to play as a freshman. We’ve talked mainly about cornerback, but safety is another option and there is a possibility of a ‘flex’ spot as an outside linebacker.”
Gault was the primary recruiter for Jolley, who noted there was “mutual excitement” when he made his commitment via text on Memorial Day. He added that he really liked Hanover’s campus layout.
“It was nicer than I expected,” he said. “It kind of blew my mind, actually.”
Columbus North coach Tim Bless expressed delight about Jolley’s decision, also noting that Jolley will join Bull Dogs’ teammate Jackson Payne in the Panthers’ recruiting class.
“We’re very proud of and happy for Daveed on his decision to continue his football career at Hanover College,” Bless said. “It’s cool that he joins fellow Bull Dog Jackson Payne in this recruiting class. Hanover football is establishing itself as an Indiana small-school powerhouse. Daveed has a legitimate opportunity to earn playing time for the Panthers because he is quite talented and possesses excellent football versatility.”
Jolley made a point to thank his family and his Columbus North coaches.
“My family always has supported me, and I can’t say enough about coach Bless and all the coaches at North,” he said. “They have stressed sound fundamentals, hard work and toughness, and I feel like they have instilled those qualities into me.”
Jolley is the sixth CNHS football player and the 19th Columbus North athlete in the Class of 2020 to announce plans to pursue college athletics. Other Bull Dogs’ football players who plan to play at the next level are Payne, Mitchel Collier (Central Michigan), Jackson Davis (Butler University), Spencer Rivera (Wabash College) and Landon Robbins (Valparaiso University).
A full list of Columbus North seniors who plan to pursue college athletics follows.
COLUMBUS NORTH CLASS OF 2020
Student, Sport, College Choice
* Annie Anderson, women’s golf, Rose-Hulman
* Brooke Bruin, softball, DePauw University
^ Casper Clark, baseball, Indiana University
# Mitchel Collier, football, Central Michigan
* Jackson Davis, football, Butler University
^ Caroline Hollenkamp, women’s soccer, Brandeis University (Mass.)
* Daveed Jolley, football, Hanover College
^ Betsy King, women’s swimming, Ball State
^ Olivia Morlok, women’s swimming, Ohio University
^ Sierra Norman, softball, Marian University
^ Lauren Opalka, volleyball, Muskingum University (Ohio)
* Jackson Payne, football, Hanover College
* Spencer Rivera, football, Wabash College
# Landon Robbins, football, Valparaiso University
* Adrienne Salemme, women’s track & field, Samford University (Ala.)
^ Erica Samuel, women’s swimming, Indiana Wesleyan
* Nicholas Schiavello, men’s basketball, Wheaton College
* Sydney Sluys, women’s cross country/track, Manchester University
Grant Trinkle, baseball, John A. Logan (Ill.) College
^ took part in ceremony on Nov. 13, 2019
# took part in ceremony on Dec. 18, 2019
* ceremony was to be in April or May 2020; ceremony canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic
PHOTO: Senior Daveed Jolley (26) shoves Columbus East running back Lance Greiwe (25) out of bounds during the Bull Dogs’ 42-31 victory over the Olympians on Aug. 30, 2019. Jolley totaled six tackles in the game and 44 tackles for his senior season.