Ashville senior Landon Cornutt signed a football scholarship to Huntingdon College in Montgomery last week. By signing, Cornutt will be reunited with a couple of high school teammates in Hunter Huckbay and Kyle King.
Other colleges showing interest in Cornutt were Union College and Birmingham-Southern.
“I chose Huntingdon because they have won their conference the past four years,” Cornutt said. “They just have a very good program, and I wanted to be part of it.”
Cornutt played on both sides of the football during his time at Ashville – quarterback on offense and defensive back on defense. When asked what he would play at Huntingdon, Cornutt said he wasn’t sure as they recruited him more as an athlete.
“I will play wherever they want me to,” he said.
Cornutt, 18, maintains a 3.8 GPA. He plans on majoring in nursing. He is the son of Angie and Jeff Cornutt.
Cornutt made All-County three years in a row playing football, he plays baseball, and, for the past two years, he has run track. He says football is his favorite sport.
Angie Cornutt said she is proud of her son and the successes he’s had on the football field and in the classroom throughout high school.
“I appreciate Coach Trey Pike and Coach Barry Simmons for all their help during his senior year,” Angie Cornutt said. “They believed in him and helped him believe in himself in order to have the success he experienced this year.”
Jeff Cornutt said this is a good opportunity for his son.
“I like that he is close to home and that he didn’t go out of state,” he said. “I am very proud of him. I remember tossing a football with him and his brothers, too, in the yard when they were small boys. His brothers have helped him out also.”
Ashville coach Barry Simmons said Cornut worked hard to get where he is.
“He’s the epitome of what we are trying to do here at Ashville High,” Simmons said. “Even after the season is over, he is working hard to get to the next level by being in the weight room every day. I am proud to see him get the opportunity to go to the next level. I know that was a goal of his. It just shows that if you work really hard at something, it will pay off one day.”
Ashville High principal Janet Johnson said Cornutt is a gifted and talented young man.
“He is well-liked amongst his peers, well-respected by his teachers and is a quiet leader at our school,” she said. “He is a role model for our underclassmen, and I believe he will accomplish great things while at Huntingdon. Ashville High School is extremely proud of Landon for his hard work and dedication. He has a bright future ahead of him.”
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