Luke Sirgo knew he wanted to play college football -- emphasis on "play" -- so when it came time to decide the next step in his football career, he took care to find a situation that seemed ripe to allow him an opportunity to get on the field as much as possible.
"I don't want to go somewhere where I'm going to ride the bench and be a backup," Sirgo said. "I want to go somewhere I can work my way up and get a chance to start."
The Hilton Head Christian Academy star thinks he found that place.
Sirgo signed a letter of intent Friday to play football at Campbell University, an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision program in Buies Creek, N.C. Campbell's football team is a non-scholarship program; Sirgo will receive academic aid.
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Sirgo was named to The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette's All-Area Football Team three consecutive years, earning Offensive Player of the Year honors as a sophomore and junior. He led the Eagles to the SCISAA Class 2-A championship as a junior and took them back to the title game as a senior before losing to Thomas Sumter Academy.
He hopes to continue that success at Campbell, where he expects to redshirt next season and compete for playing time the following year.
Name: Luke Sirgo
High school: Hilton Head Christian Academy
High school coach: Tommy Lewis
Probable major: Business with minor in graphic design
About Campbell: The Camels will enter their fourth season under head coach Dale Steele, who took over when the program was reborn in 2008 after a 50-year dormant period. After winning just one game the first season, Campbell has won three games each of the past two years, going 3-8 overall and 1-4 in the Pioneer Football League last season.
Why Campbell? "My visit was great," Sirgo said. "I loved the coaches and the area, and they had my major. It all seemed to fit with what I was looking for."
Other schools considered: Samford, Wheaton, Wagner
Other high school sports played: Basketball, baseball