Watson Chapel's JaQuan Dorsey, Mike Williams and Jonathan Harris all signed their letters of intent Wednesday afternoon in the Watson Chapel Library. Watson Chapel Head Coach Jarred Dutton delivered a message before three of his senior football players signed on the line.
"It's not just football, and it's not just academics, it's the combination of both and taking care of business," Dutton said.
Jaquan Dorsey will further his education and his playing career at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. Dorsey was a stand out receiver for the Wildcats for two years, but in the final five games of his high school career, he took over at quarterback and was able to put up outstanding numbers. According to Dorsey, he enjoyed his time with the Wildcats, and the experiences he gained were unforgettable.
"I feel like Chapel was the right school for me," Dorsey said. "I'm thankful for having the opportunity to play here with these guys, and it's been a great experience. Picking OBU was a tough decision with the others schools recruiting me. I weighed my options, and OBU impressed me the most."
Dutton elaborated on how big of a leader Dorsey was for this WIldcats team. To step into an unfamiliar place and thrive, leading the Wildcats to the state semi-finals, says a lot about the player that Dorsey is.
"Dorsey was a two-year starter for us at receiver and played his last five games as our quarterback. [He] took hold of the team, leading us to the semi-finals. Another great kid, and that's why he's here. He's going to OBU as an athlete, and he'll provide them with versatility."
In Jonathan Harris' lone year with the Wildcats football program, he excelled in his job. His excellent play earned him a full ride to Ouachita Baptist with his fellow senior teammate Dorsey. Harris is a natural athlete who makes plays all over the field, but his primary position is in the defensive backfield.
"Being at Chapel was one of the best decision of my life," Harris said. "This was my first year playing football, and I took full advantage of it so that I could get a chance to play in college. Corner back is my primary position. I felt at home at OBU. I feel like they'll keep me focused in my future, and I'll be able to gain a degree. It's not all about football, and academics is equally important. OBU is the best option for me going forward."
Dutton is proud to see that the decision for Harris to convert from basketball to football paid dividends, and he feels he has the skills to play on both sides of the ball.
"Jonathan Harris' choice to convert back from basketball to football was one of the best decisions in his life, and he'll tell you that,"Dutton said. "He's very good on both sides of the football. He's a defensive back, but his ball skills are very good for him to not have played for two years. I can see him playing both sides of the football going forward."
Dutton not only recognized what these athletes were able to do on the field, but also how they carried themselves off the field as well.
Harris' fellow d-back, Mike Williams, signed his letter of intent to play for the Army Scarlet Knights, members of Division I FBS football.
Williams has a knack for the ball, and he seems to always be in the right position. Academics played a big part in the decision for Williams.
"I've gained a lot as a Wildcat," Williams said. "I built a lot of good relationships, and I gained things that I'll take with me the rest of my life. I became a better leader and an overall person. I had a lot of fun during my recruiting process. My decision to pick Army came down to the academics. Not only the chance to play at a big division I, but the academics sold me."
Dutton spoke on how valuable Williams has been to the Watson Chapel program for the past three seasons.
"Mike Williams is a three year starter at safety and he had a nose for the football," Dutton said. "He's a talented player, a great kid and a good student. Army is getting a very good kid. He ended up with 199 tackles his senior season, and over 100 his junior year. He's a physical athlete and true leader."
Describing all three of his seniors, Dutton said, "They're all three great kids, good football players, and good students. They have the whole package. All three of these guys have made the right choices on and off of the field. I'll definitely miss them and I'm for each one of them."