Moving on

Fayetteville's Connor Hendrick (right) signed a letter-of-intent to play football at Thomas More College on Tuesday. Cole Terrell (left) is going to walk on at JSU.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Connor Hendrick signed a letter-of-intent to play football at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, on Tuesday afternoon in the Fayetteville High School media center.

Meanwhile, Fayetteville teammate Cole Terrell has announced he will go to Jacksonville State University as a preferred walk on. He is attempting to become the first former Wolf to play Division I college football.

Hendrick said he is elated to see his hard work finally pay off.

“It feels good to know that I put all this work in to achieve my goal,” Hendrick said. “My goal was to get a scholarship and sign. I have done all the work, and the day has finally come. It feels good.”

Hendrick also had offers from Point University in Georgia, Friends College in Kansas, Concordia College in Selma and Millikin University in Illinois, but he when he visited Thomas More, he knew that is where he wanted to spend the next four years.

“I went up there and toured about two weeks ago. So far, it was the best place that I have been,” Hendrick said. “They offered me a good chunk of money to come up there and play football. Their academics are great, their academics is one of the top in their region. They have a beautiful campus and everybody is laid back, that was my big thing.”

Fayetteville head coach John Limbaugh said Hendricks is deserving of this opportunity.

“I am very excited for both of these young men,” Limbaugh said. “Connor Hendrick really worked hard and pushed himself to get to this point to have this opportunity before him to go to Thomas Moore. He is going to do a great job there. The world is wide open for him; we appreciate all the contributions he made to this school.”

The 6-foot, 300-pound offensive lineman said making it to the collegiate level is a dream come true. He said he plans to prove that players from small schools can play on the next level.

“Most small schools don’t get any recognition or scouting from any college,” Hendricks said. “Being from a small school, it makes me want to show people what we can do.”

Terrell had chances to earn scholarships from smaller colleges and universities, but the offensive lineman felt like the best place for him was JSU.

“I look forward to it, “Terrell said. “Being the first Division I player out of Fayetteville is an honor, and it makes me want to work hard and bump it up to a scholarship. I know if I work hard, all the kids below me will see that they can come out of a (Class) 2A (school) and go DI.”

Terrell said JSU was interested in him but didn’t have any scholarships available.  

“I was in contact with a coach at the end of my junior season,” Terrell said. “We kept in steady talks, and he said it was three or four people ahead of me on scholarship. He said that he couldn’t offer me a scholarship, but he could offer me a preferred walk-on.”

Limbaugh said he is proud of Terrell for going after his dream of playing for the Gamecocks. He said knows Terrell will work hard and earn a scholarship.

“Cole could have gone to other places on scholarships, but he really likes JSU,” Limbaugh said. “He choose to go there as a preferred walk-on. We are very excited for him and that opportunity there. Now he has to prove himself, and I have no doubt that he will. The coaches will see what he is capable of, and he will have a long future there.”