BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Xavier Rutledge of Middlesboro, Ky., will continue to his family's legacy as he recently committed to play soccer for Union College in 2008, making him the third person in his family to suit up for the Bulldogs.
"Xavier has always been set on coming to Union, and we are glad to have him join our program," said Union coach Tyler Brock. "We are always excited to sign a local player."
Rutledge joins his father Steve Bradford and grandfather Charlie Rutledge as having played at Union. Bradford was a defensive lineman for the Bulldogs from 1984-86 when Union reinstated football as an intercollegiate program. Charlie Rutledge played basketball at Union from 1965-69 and scored 1,352 career points. He was a member of the 1967-68 team which won the NAIA District 24 Tournament and participated in the NAIA National Championship Tournament.
Xavier Rutledge was a four-year starter at Middlesboro High as a defender. During his junior and senior seasons, he served the team as a co-captain.
"I am looking forward to seeing Xavier grow both on and off the field during his years here at Union," Brock added.
Union posted a 10-7-1 overall record in 2007, the team's first winning record since 2001.