By DOUG DONNELLY
Six days after receiving his first offer from a Division 1 college, Clinton’s Mathew Sexton has signed to play college football at Eastern Michigan University.
The 5-11, 165-pound senior-to-be expects to play wide receiver for the Eagles. He attended camp at EMU recently and was offered a scholarship less than a week ago. He made his announcement on Twitter Monday.
“I am proud and extremely excited to announce that I will be playing football and getting a great education at Eastern Michigan,” Sexton said.
But, first, the All-State athlete has a senior season still to go.
“He has put in a great deal of time and effort in the recruiting process,” Clinton football coach Scott McNitt said. “We are extremely proud of Mathew.”
Sexton burst onto the local football scene as a freshman, averaging 28.2 yards per catch and rushing for more than 450 yards on just 34 carries. As a sophomore, he helped the Redskins reach Ford Field and the state championship game with more than 1,000 yards receiving and 600 yards rushing. He caught 15 touchdowns. In the state championship game, Sexton returned a punt 86 yards for a touchdown.
Clinton won another Tri-County Conference in 2014 as Sexton focused on being a running back. He ran for more than 1,200 yards and scored 18 rushing TDs the state-ranked Redskins.
EMU, who plays in the Mid-American Conference, finished 2-10 last season.
Clinton will open the 2015 football season – Sexton’s final season on the Redskin gridiron – on Aug. 28 against non-league rival Manchester. Clinton is 32-3 during Sexton’s career, having not lost a regular season game.