Missouri Valley right fit for Ledford's Searcy

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 05:08 PM

Josh Searcy had a lot to think about during his 15 hour trip to a town called Marshall in Missouri. Upon his return, the tight end from Ledford High School was sure that Missouri Valley College was the next place he would call home, signing a letter of intent to play for the NAIA school.
“Small town, small school and that is why I liked it,” said Searcy. “I was thinking how crazy I was to go that far away, but I hung out with some of the players and really liked it. My parents aren’t too happy about me going away that far, but they offered the most to me.”
Searcy is not a typical tight end. His stature is more suitable for basketball, as he stands in at 6-foot-7. Though tall and a bigger threat to go up top for catches, he was primarily used in the blocking scheme the last two seasons for the Panthers. As a senior he caught only one touchdown pass, and spent much of the season playing through an injury.
Missouri Valley found Searcy through a recruiting website that had video of his blocking ability. He was also seen at a pair of combines.
“I’ve played tight end since I began playing football,” Searcy said. “Colleges looked at me for my blocking. I really got better at my blocking and getting off the ball faster.”
Searcy will still be called upon to block on the line for the Vikings, but there could be a few touches through the air for the big fella. The primary tight end for Missouri Valley last season hauled in 400 yards receiving and scored three times. But much like his time at LHS, Searcy is not all that concerned with personal stats, as long as the team is having success.
“If I wasn’t getting the ball in the offense it was fine with me,” he said. “As long as the team was winning I was happy.”
Missouri Valley has a small college national title and two runner-up finishes. They have appeared in 13 national bowl games.

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