|Nods to Duke, Southern Mississippi|
|The Press - Sports|
|Written by Bob Gerard|
|Thursday, 07 July 2011 12:50|
The Wildcat varsity football team got off to an auspicious start this past week as two of its top players committed to Division 1 schools.
Senior quarterback Thomas Sirk committed to ACC up-and-comer Duke, while Kendrick Singleton committed to Southern Mississippi.
For Sirk, it was the opportunity to work with Coach David Cutcliffe that put Duke out in front of Tennessee and FSU, the two other front runners on his dance card.
Sirk anticipates learning the quarterback position from someone who taught the famed Manning brothers, Peyton and Eli, both former Blue Devils.
“It is a special opportunity to know that I can learn from that same person,” said Sirk. With the commitment, Sirk will pass on trips to FSU and Tennessee this summer. Sirk has played quarterback, receiver and on defense, but sees his future as a Duke quarterback. At 6’5” and 210 pounds he has the size to see over defenses.The academic side also had a lot to do with his decision. “Duke obviously is one of the top schools in the country,” said Sirk. “I know I cannot go wrong with a degree from there whether my future continues in football or it doesn’t. That is a degree that opens a lot of doors and provides a lot of opportunities.”
Singleton made his decision to become a Golden Eagle after going to camp in Hattiesburg. He liked the school and the coaching he received during the camp. “I loved the coach’s style and they are all just great people. I love them all, they are great guys and excellent coaches,” said Singleton.
Singleton, who has also played a variety of positions for the Wildcats, will have to wait until he gets to school to see where the Eagles will put him. But he is not concerned.“I feel like Southern Miss is a place where I can go and be successful,” said Singleton.
Like Sirk, Singleton is also excited about the academic aspect. He has a special reason for wanting a college education.
“No one in my family has ever been to college, and to know that they are giving me a chance to get a degree and play football, it is just a blessing. I am thrilled about this opportunity,” he said.
So, after this season Wildcat fans will hopefully be able to continue to follow the careers of some their favorite players.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 07 July 2011 18:58|