Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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June 11, 2014

Effingham's Wohltman headed to Millikin

Joins former teammate Dylan Wolff

EFFINGHAM — Effingham's Matt Wohltman started to draw a sharper image of his fall workload by signing up for classes at Millikin University's freshman orientation on Tuesday.

The former Flaming Hearts wide receiver and defensive back joins teammate Dylan Wolff as one of the Effingham football program's exports to the Millikin program – both committing to play wide receiver.

Wohltman jumped at the opportunity to play football in college after starting to play the sport competitively for the Hearts during his junior season.

“I didn't want to go through high school without playing,” Wohltman said. “I thought I'd give it a try and ended up falling in love with it.”

Wohltman finished last season by being voted onto the second team All-Apollo conference squad at both receiver and defensive back.

In two years with the Hearts, Wohltman said he learned that work ethic is important to get better at the game. He said he'll continue to work hard in college.

“It's not a sport that you can sit on your butt all day,” Wohltman said. “You have to spend hours in the weight room and at practice for the few games you play.”

Millikin's recruitment started as his senior season neared its end.

Wohltman said the coaches were some of the few who kept close tabs on him throughout the season. He said he was communicating more with Millikin's coaches than other schools who were recruiting him.

He said he was impressed by the way the coaches conducted themselves and ran their football program because they wanted to return the program to winning ways. The Big Blue went 2-8 last season.

Wohltman said he'll receive early playing time with the program, which was an important selling point.

“I wanted to go somewhere that I could have an immediate impact on the team,” Wohltman said. “They're all about starting a new tradition there and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Millikin plays in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin with teams like Illinois Wesleyan, North Central College and Augustana College.

Former Effingham football player Eric Whitaker finished his final season with Millikin as an offensive lineman. Wohltman and Wolff bring in two more Hearts.

“We both talked about (going there),” Wohltman said of Wolff. “It'll make it a whole lot easier especially if I have questions during practice. It's more comfortable.”

Wohltman and Wolff report to camp Aug. 13.

Alex McNamee can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 123, or alex.mcnamee@effinghamdailynews.com.

 

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