Westfall’s Cline signs with Ave Maria

Westfall senior Casey Cline recently signed to continue playing football at Ave Maria University, an NAIA institution located in Ave Maria, Florida. Cline, a first-team Pickaway County and Southeast District selection and honorable mention All-Ohio, made 40 receptions for 716 yards and seven touchdowns and also added 48 tackles, including 7.5 for loss, and six interceptions in the secondary.

Question: Talk to us about the recruiting process that you went through, how many schools that you looked at and what made Ave Maria the right fit for you?
Answer: The recruiting process started coming about my junior year. Basketball coaches started following my Twitter and reaching out via email. I thought basketball was going to be what I would pursue in college at the time, but senior year came around and with a new coaching staff at Westfall I came back to football with passion. Midway through football season I reached out to many different schools and a lot of schools came to me. I visited places such as Indiana Wesleyan, Marshall, Georgetown College, Wartburg, Mount Saint Joseph, and quite a bit of other schools. Choosing schools was tough, but I loved the message Ave Maria was trying to bring on a healthy lifestyle. I loved the campus, coaches, and location.

Question: What would you like to major in at Ave Maria?
Answer: I want to major in Sports Management/education and become either a teacher or athletic director. This interests me because I would still be around sports while also having a good job and because I like to help others.

Question: What has led to your success in football? What are your strengths as a player and what are a few areas you’ve had to work at the hardest to improve?
Answer: My work ethic led to me success in football. I hadn’t trained for football in a while as I parted ways with it early in my career. The one offseason I had I worked with strength and speed training as well as footwork 5-7 days a week all three months to prepare for the season. I had to improve on getting back into my groove of playing an actual game which wasn’t really that hard once I was out there.

Question: You are a standout player in Pickaway County for both football and basketball. How did you decide to pursue football at the next level?
Answer: I decided to play football based on how much fun I had on the field. I love basketball, but it gets to me too much emotionally and mentally at times. For football, I don’t think as much and just go play and compete. I love both sports but ultimately the decision was down to which school offered me the best and which school I felt most relatable to.

Westfall senior Casey Cline signs to play football at Ave Maria. Casey is seated with parents Joey and Lisa Cline and brother Caleb Cline. In the back row are Casey’s extended family. Photo courtesy of Westfall Local Schools

Question: Favorite brand of receiving gloves to wear?
Answer: My favorite gloves have to be Adidas or Under Armour. Love the way they fit.

Question: Is there a football player that you look up to and try to emulate?
Answer: I don’t have a player I look up to, but I used to love watching Braxton Miller at Ohio State back in the day.

Question: Favorite meal?
Answer: Any pasta

Question: Favorite place to eat out at?
Answer: Red Lobster or other sea food joints

Question: Favorite musical group or genre?
Answer: Country and R&B

Question: Favorite movie?
Answer: Remember the Titans

Question: Favorite pro football team?
Answer: Cleveland Browns

Question: Hobbies?
Answer: Lifting and hanging out with my friend group.

Question: Favorite holiday?
Answer: Thanksgiving. I like to hang around my family and eat good food.

Westfall’s Casey Cline made 40 receptions for 716 yards and seven touchdowns and also added 48 tackles, including 7.5 for loss, and six interceptions in the secondary. Photo courtesy of Gary Wright

Question: What is your most valuable possession?
Answer: My dog Sophie

Question: Something that no one knows about you?
Answer: I used to barrel race horses and also play baseball early in my middle school career.

Question: What is the best vacation you’ve ever been on in your life?
Answer: Dominican Republic with my brother, cousin, and good friend/my point guard Blaec Bugher

Question: Favorite memory from the Circleville Pumpkin Show?
Answer: Hanging out with a few friends from Teays Valley and messing around until late having a good time.

Question: What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now and living if life goes as you intend?
Answer: Hopefully have a career type job and still help out for Westfall athletics or another school.

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