CHARLESTON — About a couple of days before National Signing Day on Wednesday, Reid Littleford wasn't exactly sure where he wanted to play football at yet. Littleford had a few good options and had to think about it. After giving it plenty of though, Littleford let his parents know of his decision on Tuesday.
By Wednesday afternoon, Littleford, who was a running back and linebacker for the Charleston High School football team, signed the necessary papers to play for Aurora University.
"I was extremely excited, it's a great opportunity for me," Littleford said. "They are a winning program and they have great academics and it really fits my major. I am really excited to go there and continue my academic and athletic career. Last summer I went to a few camps and I thought I had a chance to go to some schools. It just depends on how I played this year and I played fairly well and it attracted some colleges and it worked out."
Littleford chose Aurora over Millikin University, Lindenwood University and Illinois College.
"Aurora was nice and kept up and I liked the football program and I loved the coaches," Littleford said. "It fit my major perfectly."
Aurora is located in Aurora, Illinois, and is an NCAA Division III school. There's about 5,500 students at Aurora and the school had a major that Littleford was looking at, which was another key selling point.
"I plan to major in sports management," Littleford said. "I want to become a sports agent and work in that field."
Littleford was a three-year starter at Charleston and played running back on offense and safety and linebacker on defense. He is an academic award recipient. He is also a member of the Charleston basketball team.
Aurora went 5-5 in 2017 and was 7-5 in 2016. Aurora is a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Littleford said that he could see varsity action as a freshman and that Aurora also has a freshman football schedule.
"They plan to have me as a running back and linebacker and maybe work as a fullback," Littleford said. "It doesn't matter which position to me."
Littleford will see a familiar face at Aurora as former Mattoon offensive lineman Bryson Colbert is on the team.
"I talked to Bryson when I visited there earlier this year and he helped sell me on Aurora and playing football there," Littleford said.