By SCOTT MCKIE B.P.
ONE FEATHER STAFF
All across the country, thousands of high school football players signed letters of intent to colleges and universities on Wednesday, Feb. 1 – otherwise known as National Signing Day. In Cherokee, three Cherokee High School players signed to play at the next level at Carson-Newman.
Jeremy Wolfe, Forrest Stamper and Poncho Ramirez all signed to play with the Eagles.
“It’s a great reflection on our program,” said Braves head football coach Craig Barker. “I’m extremely proud of these young men. They’re worked hard here and have done what they’re supposed to inside the weight room and on the football field.”
Barker continued, “They’re not only great football players, they are great men and I look forward to seeing them play at Carson-Newman and I expect great things in the future. It’s a great program for them to be a part of, and I’m just blessed and thankful to see them go on to the next level.”
Stamper, the Braves second leading tackler during the 2011 season, commented, “It is truly a blessing. I’ve dreamed about this day since I could pick up a football. I have everyone to thank. I have my parents. I have my coach, my friends. I just can’t wait to move on to the next step in my life and become a responsible young man.”
He went on to say, “Through God, all things are possible and without him this would not be possible for me.”
Wolfe summed up his thoughts on a goal of his, “Hard work succeeds. I set my goal during my senior year to be the best I could be, and by signing I feel that I have achieved it.”
On playing college ball, he related, “It’s a great opportunity. I’m glad I have the chance to do it. I want to thank Coach Barker, Coach Daniels, and Coach Maney for all the work that they have put into me to help me get to where I am today. I just appreciate all the help they gave me.”
Ramirez said, “It feels pretty good to go play college football, and I’m looking forward to playing for Carson-Newman.”
Carson-Newman, located in Jefferson City, Tenn., is a NCAA Division II school playing in the South Atlantic Conference with other schools such as Catawba, Lenoir-Rhyne, Mars Hill, Newberry and others. During the 2011 season, the Eagles went 3-4 in the conference with a 5-6 overall record.
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