Southland football player signs with Winona State

Published 12:42 am Saturday, February 5, 2011

ADAMS — For Southland senior Alan May, it came down to family and winning when he made his decision to sign his letter-of-intent to play football at Winona State next season.

May, who had over 2,000 receiving yards and 31 touchdowns in his Southland career, gave up guarenteed scholarships to Bemidji State and St Cloud, to play for the Warriors, who have had 13 consecutive winning seasons under head coach Tom Sawyer.

“Winona just felt right and it’s close to home. They’ve got a good program and it always seems like they’re ranked.” May said. “My (siblings) are going to UW-La Crosse and it’s close to them too. I had a lot of schools calling and I’m just glad to have made a decision.”

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May is signing on as a walk-on, but was told he will get a scholarship his sophomore year when more are available.

The Warriors have a strong class of wide receivers returning from last year’s team and May might be in the mix or he could end up playing free safety.

“I should learn (from the veteran core) and I think I can get on the field fast over there,” he said. “I’ve got to get bigger, faster and stronger, while getting mentally prepared.”

By picking Winona State, May, who is also a solid baseball player, made his commitment to football. He still isn’t giving up on the chances of playing college baseball, however, as he may play both sports when he becomes an upperclassmen at Winona.

But football will still remain his focus.

“It was pretty tough (to choose between football and baseball), but I’ve always loved football and it’s always been my sport,” he said.

Winona State is a Division II team and it competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Division.