St. Clairsville’s Kolb signs on with Wheeling Jesuit University

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — Brady Kolb went into the college selection process with an open mind.

The St. Clairsville senior wanted to find place where he found the greatest level of comfort.

He didn’t have to look too far or too long to find it. Actually, it took just a visit to Wheeling Jesuit University.

Head coach Zac Bruney and his up-and-coming Cardinal program checked all of the boxes for Kolb, who was a three-time all-Ohioan for the Red Devils.

It became official during a ceremony inside the board of education room inside the St. Clairsville Administration building Wednesday when Kolb signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Cardinals for their first season as a varsity sport.

“Until I met the coaches at Wheeling Jesuit, the (college selection) process was rather unclear,” Kolb said. “Their staff made me feel comfortable and Jesuit is the perfect fit for me. Coach Bruney sold me on it.”

One thing that Kolb liked about Jesuit’s recruiting pitch was the fact that they were flexible on what position it was recruiting him for. For Coach Brett McLean’s squad, Kolb was the primary ball carrier in the Devils’ ground-and-pound offense for the last two seasons.

However, he earned his first all-Ohio acclaim as a linebacker, meaning the versatility is there.

“I am leaning toward running back,” Kolb said. “I really enjoy the position and I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to play there in college.”

Despite putting up mind-boggling numbers, which included 2,081 yards and 31 touchdowns rushing as a senior, Kolb knows the transition process from high school to Division II college will be a challenge.

“The game’s obviously going to get a lot faster,” Kolb admitted.

“I have to continue to work on my speed and quickness. I have to get stronger and continue to push myself each day.”

While Kolb’s fine season earned a myriad of honors, including a spot in the prestigious Ohio North-South Game this spring, the team success was what meant the most. The Red Devils finished with a 12-1 record and played in the regional championship before bowing out.

“I have no regrets about high school,” Kolb said. “I and our entire (senior) class gave it our all. It was really fun playing with these guys each week.”

In his two seasons as the chief running back, Kolb amassed an impressive 3,648 yards and 52 touchdowns.

Along with the all-Ohio acclaim, Kolb was also named first-team all-Eastern District for the third time. He was a three-time all-OVAC and all-Buckeye 8 selection, too. He captained both the all Times Leader and all-Valley squads.

Away from the football field, Kolb is active in Spanish Club where he’s a two-year member of the Executive Board. He’s also part of the Chamber Choir and is in the Ping Pong Club.

Brady, who is undecided about his major, is the son of Brian and Amy Kolb.