Coach: Sealby Fits Mold

Byron (Ill.) lineman Reid Sealby received the call he was hoping for on Tuesday night. Iowa came through with a scholarship offer. He signed with the school Wednesday morning.

It's good to have friends in high places. At least that's the case for Reid Sealby.

The Class of 2012 lineman, who hails from Byron (Ill.) High, received a scholarship offer from Iowa on Tuesday night and signed a national letter of intent with the school Wednesday morning.

"I think it's beneficial that Sean Considine, who played for Iowa, is also from Byron," Byron Coach Mike Elsbury said. "I know their family had spoken with Sean about Iowa and Sean talked to the Iowa coaches."

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Sealby likely will get his first look on the defensive line, Elsbury said.

"They were hinting defense, but I'm not sure they've made up their mind yet, either," Elsbury said.

Sealby visited Air Force last weekend. The Falcons had offered a scholarship.

"He was kind of torn between football and wrestling," said Elsbury, a Starmont, Iowa native. "He's a pretty outstanding wrestler."

Sealby placed fourth at state last season and is ranked No. 1 this year. He beat fellow Hawkeye Commitment, Mitch Keppy, 3-1, in a recent match.

"He'll fit the Iowa mold real well," Elsbury said. "I'm an Iowa boy and our family are Hawkeye fans. He'll fit that mold as far as blue collar, bring-your-lunch-pail-to-work type kid. He's a leader, by example, on and off the field.

"He's got those intangibles that the Hawkeyes look for as far as work ethic and being athletic."

Elsbury said that Sealby holds a 3.5 GPA and scored a 29 on his ACT. He is not sure of a field of study, the coach said.

"He's talked about wanting to be a teacher and a coach," Elsbury said. "I believe that's the direction that he may go."

Elsbury is a Coe College graduate. He coached at Tipton (Iowa) High for five years before taking over at Byron.