Ridgewood’s Slusser signs with Baldwin Wallace

| May 10, 2018

Ridgewood High School senior Jarett Slusser (front row, center) signed his letter of intent on May 7 to play football at Baldwin Wallace. He is pictured in front with his mother and father Ericka and Tim Slusser and in back are coaches Ryan Gress, Chad Lahna and John Slusser. Josie Sellers | Beacon

WEST LAFAYETTE – Ridgewood High School senior Jarett Slusser will continue his education and football career at Baldwin Wallace University.

Slusser, the son of Ericka and Tim Slusser, signed his letter of intent to play for the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets on May 7 in Ridgewood’s media center. Family, friends and coaches joined him for the special occasion.

“It (Baldwin Wallace) felt like a great place,” Jarett said. “I had quite a few other options, but it was my favorite. Playing football in college has been a dream of mine, but it’s weird to think about it actually coming true.”

Jarett played receiver for the Generals and broke the school record for most receiving yards in a season. However, that was just one of many great memories over the years.

“I have a lot of good memories from football,” he said. “It was always fun to play at home especially when we had our home playoff game. That was just an insane crowd.”

Both his mom and dad have enjoyed watching him play football at Ridgewood.

“He’s grown from a little kid to a man on the football field,” Ericka said.

Tim said Jarett was once one of the smallest kids on the team, but he ended his Ridgewood career as one of the biggest.

“He hardly ever came off the field too,” Tim said. “He was out there for almost every play.”

Jarett credits his coaches for helping him succeed and be able to take his game to the next level.

“They were always pushing me to go hard,” he said. “My coaches and my family have always supported me.”

Ridgewood’s head football coach John Slusser said Baldwin Wallace is getting an athlete who has good ball skills, works very hard and is knowledgeable about the game.

“We’ve had quite a few athletes go on to play college ball and that is always good to see,” John said. “We hope for the best for them and that things work out the way they want them to. Jarett is going to a good school with a good football program. It’s going to be a good challenge for him.”

Jarett said Baldwin Wallace got a new coach last year who took the team from being 2-8 to 6-4.

“He majorly turned them around,” he said.

Jarett plans to major in athletic training at Baldwin Wallace.

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    Josie Sellers

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    I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!