At noon on Thursday, Feb. 14, Canfield senior Tom Kaleel laid pen to paper and signed his letter of intent to continue his football career at John Carroll University this fall. Kaleel will be attending on a partial academic scholarship.
Kallel said he started his football career eight years ago.
"I started when I was in fifth grade playing for the Canfield Little Cardinals," he said.
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Canfield head football coach Mike Pavlansky congratulates senior Tom Kaleel after he signed his letter of intent to continue his football career at John Carroll University this fall. Joining Kaleel are his parents Bobbi and Terry Kaleel.
When he reached seventh grade he joined the middle school football team and continued through his high school years.
"He wants to play football," said head coach Mike Pavlansky at the signing. "He played four positions for us this past season. He was willing to help anywhere he could."
Kaleel normally played tight end and defensive end, but after a sprained ankle, he took on the roles of tackle and full back.
At John Carroll University, he will be playing for the Blue Streaks, which fields a freshman, JV and varsity squad. Kallel said he plans on moving up the ladder as fast as he can.
"I'll start out on the freshman team, but if I work hard, maybe I can play on Sundays," he said.
The freshman teams at John Carroll plays on Mondays, the JV on Sunday and the varsity on Saturday.
"It will be a big change from playing on Friday nights," Kaleel said.
He will be heading to John Carroll on Aug. 17 to begin practice.
Since John Carroll is a Div. III school, it doesn't offer athletic scholarships. Kaleel will be attending on a partial academic scholarship. He said the plan is to major in business.
"I'll be taking over my dad's business someday," Kaleel said about his choice of majors.
His father Terry Kaleel said Kaleel Brothers, a local food distributor, is a family business. He said his father, also named Tom, passed the business to him and he hopes to do the same with his son.
"It's a family business and we want to keep it in the family, Terry said.