Gladiators Add Former Ohio State K Drew Basil

CLEVELAND - The Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League, presented by Unique Home Solutions, were assigned K Drew Basil, the team announced Thursday.

Basil, 25, enters his first season in the AFL and with the Gladiators as a rookie. Basil most recently spent time with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 2015 and before that with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League back in 2014.

“I’m pumped right now,” said Basil. “Since I arrived here, everything has been a blast. The team works hard and I am really looking forward to getting going.”

Standing at 6’1”, 212 lbs., Basil played collegiately at The Ohio State University from 2010-13 where he is tied with four other players for second all-time with 52 career games played. Basil started as the Buckeyes kicker from day one as a freshman all the way through his senior season.

Basil didn’t hold back when talking about his opportunity to play in front of the fans in Ohio once again.

“I can’t wait. it’ll be a lot of fun,” Basil explained. “The fans here are great and I have had a lot of people, both friends and family, who have already started asking for tickets.”

The Chillicothe, OH., native holds two school records from his time in Columbus; single-season extra points as well as single-season field goal percentage. His career field goal percentage of 78.6% ranks third all-time in the Buckeye program.

The Gladiators also previously announced last Friday that QB Arvell Nelson, JLB Alvin Ray Jackson, DL Keith Bowers, OL Aslam Sterling, OL Dashawn Johnson, DB Keiron Jones, and DB Paris Logan were placed on reassignment. Additionally, OL C.J. Cobb has been placed on the retirement list.

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