LEWISBURG (WVDN) – A decision has been made for Greenbrier East’s versatile offensive/defensive lineman Luke Carola. The Spartan captain and standout recently committed to Bethany College to continue his football career.
During his time as a Spartan, Carola helped an offensive line pave the way for Ian Cline, Monquelle Davis and others, and together, they formed one of the state’s top rushing attacks. On defense, Carola racked up 15 tackles and two sacks.
A couple of factors went into his decision, and those reasons are why the Bison have secured the pledge for No. 74.
“I chose Bethany College because I liked the football program they are building, and I wanted to be part of it. The campus was historical looking, kind of like Lewisburg, and when I looked around, I was still surrounded by the West Virginia hills. But the possibilities of including equine science into my career helped me make the choice,” Carola said.
Atmosphere and the typical “feel” of the school and town were important to Carola, and he feels as if there will not be much of an adjustment for his future which will take him about 50 miles from Pittsburgh.
“The atmosphere around school is smaller and friendly, just like being in Lewisburg, and it made me feel comfortable, honestly. It is in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia and kind of remote, but I like that part about it,” he said.
“I’m a born and raised West Virginia boy ready for a new chapter in my life. I’ll get to know my new football family and with my experiences in FFA and our family horse business. I’ll meet new people with equine experience. The thought of a barn 20 minutes away from college helped me make my choice. My mom also has a relative who lives over in the next town,” Carola explained.
When it comes to the actual football aspect of things, Carola is ready to pour his heart and soul into the program.
“I played both sides of the ball at East which was a great experience. Bethany football coaches told me I’ll be on defense as my size fits the spots. I am a versatile lineman who can help a team and move around,” Carola said. “Regardless, I’m gonna give 100% wherever I play.”
Carola believes he had the best preparation he could get under the tutelage of his East coaching staff, and that will help him seamlessly transition to the next level.
“East kept me motivated and built my mental endurance. They built me up and gave me the right challenges on the field and in the weight room. The East coaching staff also takes academics seriously and follows up on GPAs needed to play sports and, for that, I received almost all of my tuition on a merit scholarship. I liked that Bethany offers academic support three days a week through their football program,” Carola said.
Carola’s future plans are not set in stone, but he has a strong interest in equine science and environmental science. He may also pursue the health field and get into chiropractic work.
He will head to his new home this fall.