KINROSS — Another member of the Pickford Panthers 2019 state football championship team has announced his plans to play at the next level.


Isaiah May has committed to Albion College, and plans to play football for the Britons.


May, a 6-foot-1, 220 pound offensive and defensive lineman, was a two-time All-UP Dream Team and Associated Press All-State honoree for Pickford football. He was also an All-UP player in basketball at Maplewood Baptist Academy. Maplewood co-ops with Pickford for football.


Because of the coronavirus outbreak, May was not able to schedule an in-person visit to Albion.


"I was able to take a virtual online tour, and talk to some of the professors and coaches," Isaiah said. "I liked what I heard about, and it seemed like a good fit for me. With some academic scholarships available, it became a very good financial fit as well."


May joins Pickford teammate Jimmy Storey as Albion football 2020 recruits.


"Jimmy and I had been talking for awhile about where we were going for college," Isaiah said. "Just a few weeks before he signed, I asked him again where he was going. He didn’t tell me at the time, and wanted it to be a surprise. But before that he told me about Albion and said it was a small-college town, with a good football program and excellent academically."


May helped pave the way for a Pickford offense that pounded out 4,300 yards and 65 TDs during the regular season. He was also a defensive line standout, making 18 solo and 66 assisted tackles.


"Isaiah is no doubt one of the best linemen we’ve had at Pickford during my time here," said Pickford coach Josh Rader. "He works so hard in the weight room, and is an outstanding lineman on offense and defense. He’s also another kid with great character, who sets an example off the field as well as on it."


Albion is coming off an 8-2 season. The Britons compete in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.


"We’re happy to have Isaiah and Jimmy join our program," Albion football coach Justin Beurer said. "I really like what I’ve seen on film from both of them. Getting two players from a state championship team is a nice bonus for us, and for them."


May, who has a 4.02 grade-point average at Maplewood, plans to major in English, with a minor in elementary education at Albion.


"I want to first thank My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because without Him I would not be here today," May said. "Next I want to thank my dad and mom. They have done so much for me and they are always there to support me in everything I do. Without them my college decision process would have been very difficult. They have taken me to many different tours, recruiting visits, and meetings that all have played a part in my college decision.


"I also want to thank all of my coaches. Coach (Josh) Rader, coach Garde (Kangas), Coach (Dan) Rye, and my dad. It has been such a great experience having my dad as my coach in both football and basketball and it is something I wouldn't trade for the world. He has taught me so much about sports and most importantly life. Finally, I want to thank Pickford for supporting me all these years. They have also allowed Maplewood to co-op with them in football which I am very thankful for."