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When Indian Land High School football star Rondreas Truesdale was choosing where to play college football, he had his share of choices.
That was until he made his official visit to Cleveland, Miss., and Delta State University.
“That was right for me,” Truesdale said after signing with the NCAA Div. II Delta Statesmen. “It seemed like a good fit. The people of Cleveland, Miss., – coaches, players and citizens – were very welcoming when I visited there.
“It’s an all-positive attitude – they expect to win and that’s what I was looking for,” Truesdale said. “They treated me well and they have a nice campus.”
The Statesmen’s football program, according to Indian Land High School head football coach and athletic director Mike Mayer, is regarded as a NCAA Div. II national power.
“Delta State is a top five Division II football school in the nation,” he said.
The Statesmen, 11-3 last season, won their second straight Gulf South Conference championship.
In the last two seasons, the Statesmen are 22-7 with an appearance in the 2010 NCAA Division II National Championship game and a berth in the 2011 NCAA Div. II national semifinals.
Truesdale, a three-sport athlete at Indian Land, gives Delta State a big-play performer.
The Lancaster News/Carolina Gateway Player of the Year for the 2011 high school football season, Truesdale ran for 2,210 yards on 213 carries, a 9.95 average. He threw for 126 yards, connecting on 17 of 43 passes. The versatile Truesdale also had five catches for 110 yards and added 91 kickoff yards for a total of 2,447 yards.
He led the state in rushing and touchdowns with 37.
The Warriors went 7-4 and earned a home berth in the 2011 Class AA Upper State playoffs for the second straight season.
In his junior season, Truesdale ran for 1,573 yards and 20 touchdowns. He threw for 668 yards and six scores.
The All-Region IV-AA pick was also selected to the play in the 64th annual North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach. He was the fifth IL player ever chosen for the elite game, which draws the state’s top senior players.
As slot receiver, which is where he expects to play in college, Truesdale helped the North roll to a 42-3 win over the South stars.
An all-region and all-state pick, Truesdale was the 2011 Warriors football MVP.
Truesdale also a star in track, wrestling
In track, Truesdale captured the Class AA 110 high hurdles state championship with a 14.68 effort last spring.
He compiled a 9-1 mark in the 110 high hurdles for the 2011 season.
Truesdale was the Class AA wrestling state runner-up at 160 after winning the Upper State crown to earn a bid to the state tournament. He lost his bid for the state crown, falling 3-2 in an overtime decision.
Truesdale finished the season with a 36-7 mat record for the Warriors.
“Rondreas may be one of the last three-sport athletes at Indian Land High School,” Mayer said. “Rondreas is a great competitor. He wants to win and he’s not afraid of hard work.
“He’s been a good one for us,” Mayer said. ”He’s received as much attention as any player since I’ve been here. Last spring, 19 different schools came in to see him and that’s pretty impressive.”
Truesdale said he was grateful for Mayer’s support.
“Coach Mayer did all he could to help me and stay behind me to make sure this happened,” Truesdale said. “I’m ready to go to Delta State and I feel the coaches have helped me prepare to go to the next level.”