Basketball legend Kobe Bryant once said, “The important thing is that your teammates have to know you’re pulling for them and you really want them to be successful.”
The Meadowbrook football team put together a solid run last year and just barely missed out on a 5A state playoff berth. They upended now two time defending 5A state champions, Highlands Spring 8-7, and crushed a 5-7 Petersburg team.
On top of that, the senior class has made a success of their own. Meadowbrook and coach Adam Tiller are sending nine players to players to play at the collegiate level this coming fall. Such a quantity is special for a program on the rise and bodes well for a prosperous future.
Ferrum college is receiving two Monarchs: George Epps and Tireck Jenkins.
Epps, a 6-0 225 pound physical back, rushed for 169 yards last year and scored twice. Epps attended Huguenot in his junior year and recorded 7 sacks at defensive end but switched back to offense when he returned to Meadowbrook.
Jenkins, a ball hawk on defense, intercepted four passes last season. Both him and Epps should be nice additions to a Ferrum team that went 6-4 last year in the ODAC.
Speedy wide receiver, Jeremiah Medina will attend JUCO Lackawanna College this fall. Medina collected 456 reception yards last year and scored three times. He also earned second team all-conference 12 honors as a utility. Medina believes Lackawanna will help him hone his skills and eventually jump to the next level.
When asked about what it’s like to play alongside eight teammates who will play in college like him, Medina seemed happy for the group’s success.
“It’s exciting” he exclaimed. “We talk about it all the time in school and it’s never a dull moment with them,” he added.
6-0, 245 pound offensive lineman, Loghan Carter will continue his career in the ODAC as well at Bridgewater college. One man he was blocking for, Jordyn Hunter has signed with Shenandoah. You can read more about their decisions here.
First team all-conference wide receiver, Jordan Jeter will play division II football at UVA-Wise. All-conference defense second team selection, Dre Giles will play for Campbell University in North Carolina. You can read more about their commitments here.
Michael Crewe Jr. signed with Virginia State University. The commander of the trenches is a bully up front at 6-0, 315 pounds. You can read more about his choice here.
Defensive back, Jesson McCray chose Chowan University in North Carolina as his destination to play at the next level. You can read more about him here.
Despite these crucial veteran losses, Meadowbrook returns a slew of talent next year including a few all-conference 12 selections. Though the future may be even brighter, the 2017 football class at Meadowbrook has cemented its mark in the history books.