Etiwanda High School quarterback Andrew Kanatsky has signed with NCAA Division II Malone University (Canton, Ohio).
He visited the school six or so weeks ago and liked what he saw in the small, private school with an enrollment of about 3,000. The Pioneers play at Hall of Fame Stadium adjacent to the NFL Football Hall of Fame.
“It’s a smaller school so I don’t think there will be distractions and I liked the atmosphere,” said Kanatsky, the Eagles starter the last two years. “They run the triple read option and that’s similar to what I ran here so I think it will be a good fit.”
Malone offered early but Kanatsky didn’t think it was quite enough of an offer to be able to make the move across the country. He was sold on a going to a community college but then Malone bettered the offer making the school more affordable.
He said the Pioneers have two quarterbacks but one is a senior and the school is bringing in three so he hopes to compete for playing time right away.
“They told me there will be open competition for the job so I’m excited about the chance,” he said.
Kanatsky threw for 2,056 yards (228.2 avg) with 20 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He was a first-team All-Baseline League selection.
The Pioneers went 0-10 last year but compete in a strong conference in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference.