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Midland's Gaydosz signs with Coastal Carolina

Mar. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

ONA -- Running back David Gaydosz only played with Cabell Midland for one season.

But what a season it was, with Gaydosz leading a powerful backfield that sparked the Knights to an undefeated regular season, and a trip to the state final, where the team took its solitary loss.

Gaydosz signed a national letter of intent Thursday afternoon in the Cabell Midland auditorium to play football for Coastal Carolina University, an Football Championship Subdivision program in the Big South Conference. CCU is in Conway, S.C., just minutes from Myrtle Beach.

His official signing came more than a month after national signing day, and Gaydosz said finding the right school wasn't easy.

"It was a very long search," Gaydosz said. "Coastal Carolina, as soon as I set foot on campus, I knew it was going to be my second home. It's going to be great."

Gaydosz was the lightning to Lowell Farley's thunder in the Midland backfield, able to make quick cuts on a dime and then streak toward the end zone while defenders did their best to catch him, rarely succeeding.

Coastal Carolina isn't going to mess with the formula, giving Gaydosz the opportunity to compete for a spot at running back.

In Midland's system, coach Luke Salmons has enough players for an offensive and defensive unit, so Gaydosz didn't branch out much during the 2012 season. He occasionally took snaps as the quarterback in Midland's version of the wildcat formation.

"David all along has been so humble," Salmons said. "He's an outstanding kid. No matter how many yards he rushes for or whatever he does, he always puts his team first. That's part of what took him so long to find a school, he's always putting others in front of himself."

Indeed Gaydosz made sure to give credit to not only his family, coaches and pastor, but his offensive line for helping him take the next step in his football career.

Gaydosz's mother, Tali, also talked about the long journey Gaydosz took to get to this point.

"Especially when you get to the high school level, it's so much more difficult and different. Expectations and standards are certain ways and you have to get to a different level," she said. "David coming here his senior year has been a blessing and an honor."

Gaydosz came to Midland after having played at Winfield.

He said he believes his senior year with the Knights improved his chances for playing college football.

"It helped me tremendously," he said. "Coach Salmons, the whole coaching staff knows what it takes. It really prepared me for what's coming next. Coach Salmons, his staff, all played college ball so the training, the weights, it was all very much like a college atmosphere."