Titus signs to play at GSC

RAVENSWOOD-During his tenure at Ravenswood High School, Brad Titus earned the title of being a “tackling machine.”

Now, the Red Devil senior hopes he can continue his prowess on the defensive side of the football when he joins head coach David Hutchison and his Glenville State College Pioneers next fall.

“It really came down to two schools (GSC and Fairmont),” said Titus. “Glenville has all three degrees that I am interested in and they offered me a better financial package.”

Titus, a Class AA first team selection this past fall, closed out his high school playing days with 12 tackles in a season-ending loss to Ripley in the annual Battle for the Hatchet. That number, however, brought his season total to 150, breaking the old mark of 148 set by Jonas Jelich during the 2009 campaign.

His career numbers are just as impressive as the Red Devils’ linebacker finished with 357 to become the school’s all-time leader and his 25 tackles against St. Marys earned him the single-game mark as well.

“Even as a sophomore, Brad was one of our leading tacklers,” said former-head coach Dick Sturm. “Here’s a kid who understood the importance of the off season. He knew what he needed to work on to become a better player and he worked on those things every day.

“Glenville is a good fit for him and the career he is looking to go in to.”

That career involves earning degrees in Land Surveying, Forestry Technology and Natural Resources Management.

He will join a Pioneer squad that posted a 6-5 overall mark, but finished 6-2 in the WVIAC. GSC will be joining the Mountain East Conference next season, but the Pioneers’ schedule still includes games against West Liberty, Fairmont State, W.Va. Wesleyan, University of Charleston and Shepherd.

“I think it will be exciting being part of a new conference,” said Titus. “I’ve talked to coach Hutchison and he thinks I can help them at linebacker. I know that I will have a lot of things that I will need to work on, especially defending passes, since most of the teams we played this past season were running teams.”

The Pioneers’ prevent unit allowed 161.2 yards rushing per game and gave up 22 touchdowns on the ground while teams averaged 206.8 yards per game through the air and scored nine times.

“It’s a faster paced game,” said the player. “Everybody is bigger, stronger, faster, so those are the things that I am working on this summer in order to prepare for what I will be facing.”

He is the youngest of three children of Steve and Lessa Titus. Megan Titus, who is currently serving in the armed forces, ran cross country at Fairmont State and played soccer at the University of Charleston while Mary Titus is presently running cross country at FSU.