Steve Ralston, a standout offensive lineman for Clinton High School’s football team, has signed a letter of intent to play for St. Ambrose. Ralston , 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, said he picked St. Ambrose over Dubuque, Coe and Cornell. “St. Ambrose seemed like the best fit for me,” Ralston said. “Every year they have a good football team, and it’s a really good school for academics. I want to major in business, and they have a good program.” Ralston will join River Kings teammate and fellow offensive lineman Zach Freudenberg at St. Ambrose, an NAIA program that went 6-4 last season, 4-3 in the Mid-States Football Association. “It’s going to be nice going in there and knowing somebody,” Ralston said. “It’ll be nice to play with Zach for four more years.” The duo anchored an offensive line last season that helped the River Kings roll up more than 4,000 yards on offense. Clinton went 11-1 and reached the Class 4A state quarterfinals. “He can get on the edge and handle people,” Clinton coach Lee Camp said. “He set the tone for our jet sweeps. He’s worked on his feet and he’s one of the strongest guys I’ve ever coached. “This is a great fit for Steve and for St. Ambrose.” Ralston, who expects to play tackle in college, is the seventh Clinton player who has announced plans to play college football next season. “I’ll show up for practice every day and work hard,” he said. “I’d like to compete for a starting spot this year. If not, next year for sure.”