A 2017 DCHS football athlete plans to continue to his career on the college level.
Gage Delape, a senior, signed Wednesday to play at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky, the home of the Blue Raiders. Delape’s father Michael Delape; DCHS football coach Steve Trapp; assistant coaches Thomas Cagle, Justin Burum, and Tommy Hinch; and Delape’s fellow teammates joined him for the signing.
“I’ve got good friends up there that’s already playing football and its closer to home and I know a lot of my family and friends would want to watch me play. I just felt more comfortable there at Lindsey than anywhere else. They told me I would probably start out as an offensive tackle prospect but they might switch me around. I want to thank all my high school coaches and Coach Trapp especially. He has been a mentor since I was a freshman here. He has shown me how to be a better human being each and every day,” said Delape.
LWC is a private four-year college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school currently offers associate degrees in 10 areas of study, bachelor's degrees in 26 areas of study with Minors in 20 areas, and master's degrees in counseling and human development, Education, and interactive design. Lindsey Wilson is a member of the Mid-South Conference of the NAIA.
“We are fortunate as the DCHS football program to watch another guy have the opportunity to play college football. Gage Delape is signing to play for Lindsey Wilson. We had a couple of guys go there last year so it seems we have a little pipeline with those guys and a good relationship and I feel like they are getting a very good football player,” said Coach Trapp.
“Gage has meant a lot to our program. He is one of those guys who has played a lot of football for us. He started as a sophomore and has played every position on the offensive line except for center and that’s one thing Lindsey Wilson likes. His versatility to play multiple positions. He is a big guy who has the ability to bend and move with long arms so he fits the profile. He has the potential to go up there and play some tackle or guard on the offensive line for them. I just think it’s a good fit for him and them especially with the guys from here who went down there last year so there is some familiarity there. I’m just excited again for DeKalb County Football to have somebody else go to the next level,” added Coach Trapp.
Delape was the 2017 team’s Offensive Lineman of the year and he was named to the 1st Team All-Region.