Owensboro’s Glover signs with Kentucky Wesleyan football

February 28, 2019 | 2:34 am

Updated February 28, 2019 | 2:34 am

Owensboro's Diamond Glover signed to play football at Kentucky Wesleyan College on Wednesday. | Illustration by The Owensboro Times

Owensboro’s Diamond Glover will be staying close to home after signing with Kentucky Wesleyan College to continue his football career.

Glover, who has played for the Red Devils for the past three seasons, made is announcement Wednesday at the high school. He said football has played a major role in his life and shaped him into a better person.

“This sport has gotten me through a whole lot of obstacles in my life,” Glover said. “It’s been my main relief for pain and anger, and it’s been like therapy. It’s made me become a better man.”

Owensboro head coach Jay Fallin said Glover offers a great package for a collegiate team, and he’s caused opposing offenses trouble throughout his career.

“He’s as good a defensive player as we’ve had here in quite some time,” Fallin said. “He’s very strong, but also very athletic and very cerebral in his understanding of the game. He’s somebody that when I talk to opposing coaches, they always comment on what he can do. I believe his best football is ahead of him.”

Glover said playing at a tradition-rich program was exciting, and the support from the rest of the team helped push him to succeed.

“I like how we were together as a whole unit,” Glover said. “We still talked to each other like family and communicated. When you show each other support, you can accomplish anything.”

Fallin said playing for the Panthers will be a great opportunity, but the coach is also happy about the chance for Glover to further his academic career.

“He’s a very intelligent young man,” Fallin said. “If he’ll go and work hard as we know he’s capable of doing, he’s going to have a great opportunity to be successful in whatever career endeavors he pursues.”

After playing in the area for nearly a decade, Glover said he’s glad his fans can continue to watch him compete.

“My family is going to run deep regardless of where it’s at,” he said. “It’s fun to be close to home and have everybody that’s been watching me throughout the past eight or nine years still do the same thing in college.”

Glover’s decision to attend Wesleyan was about more than proximity, though, as he’s excited to help revitalize the program. The new coaching staff is bringing in a talented freshman class, so Glover knows he’ll have to continue to prove himself. He said no matter what, he’s going play hard.

“I provide a nice little bit of athleticism on the defensive line,” Glover said. “The class that I’m in is deep. We have a whole bunch of people in there with us. I’m looking to compete, regardless if I feel like I’m better or stronger of faster. I’m still going to go, and I’m going to show them why I became a Panther.”

February 28, 2019 | 2:34 am

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