Washington High School senior, Kameron Kearns, has made one of the biggest decisions of his young life.
On Thursday morning, Kearns signed a letter of intent to attend Wilmington College where he will continue his education and his football career for the Quakers.
Kearns was joined by his family, father Robbie, mother Grace, sister Jordan and grandmother, Vicki Conley, as well as former coach Corey Dye, current head coach (and Kearns’ coach for his senior season) Chuck Williamson, former junior high coach Scott Coe and Washington High School Athletic Director Jon Creamer, for the ceremony held in the lobby of the school’s gymnasium.
“Kameron has a great work ethic,” Washington Blue Lion head football coach Chuck Williamson said. “He’s a great kid. During the preseason, he was one of our top receivers. We needed some leadership on the defensive side of the ball.
“I told him, ‘it’s your choice,’” Williamson said. “‘If you want to stay on offense, you stay on offense.’ He said, ‘I’ll do whatever’s best for the team.’ He went over and provided our defense with a lot of leadership. He made all the defensive calls; he was just a leader on the defensive side of the ball.
“I think he’ll do well at Wilmington,” Willamson said. “It’s a good fit for him. He should have a great season.”
“It came down to Ohio Northern University and Wilmington,” Kearns said. “After looking at all the details about both colleges and coming down to making a decision, Wilmington seemed to be the best fit for me. So, that was the decision I made. I’m really happy with the decision.”
What about playing football at the next level?
“It’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication,” Kearns said. “Just like I put in here at the high school, but, it’s at a whole new level. It’s going to take a lot more than what I put in here at the high school, but I’m ready to put in that hard work and give that dedication to Wilmington and make it something I’m successful at. I hope to have a lot of success at the college level, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work and dedication.”
What will Kearns study in college?
“I’m probably going to study business and communications, which would be a double major,” Kearns said.
In high school, Kearns said he enjoyed European History, as well as the business classes he took.
“I lean more toward history and business,” Kearns said. “I’m not a big math guy or science guy. I like Social Studies.”
What about a favorite memory from his high school playing career?
“Definitely beating Miami Trace,” Kearns said. “That was one of my favorite moments. To be a member of the senior class that stepped up and accomplished that, stopped that streak, beating our rival, that was something I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
“It’s not just beating Trace,” Kearns said. “It’s having a successful season and making the memories that I made and sharing the season with all of my brothers that I played with for years. It’s so much more than beating Trace.
“It was definitely a family, of course,” Kearns said. “The chemistry on the team was great. We all got along. The coaching staff really helped with that. Everything on the team; it was a great combination of people and I think that’s what really allowed us to have success during the season. I wouldn’t have wanted to do it with anyone else. Those were definitely the people I wanted to be surrounded by during the season.
“I would definitely like to thank God,” Kearns said. “He’s blessed me with this opportunity to further my education and my athletic career.
“I would like to thank my mom and dad,” Kearns said. “I wouldn’t be here without them. I want to thank prior coaches that I’ve had. Coach Williamson, he definitely made this opportunity possible by helping with my recruiting.
“I want to thank everybody, and there are so many people I would like to thank, but I couldn’t name them all,” Kearns said. “I want to thank everybody who has supported me up to this point and believed I could do this and believed in my ability to succeed in the classroom and on the field.
“It’s a great opportunity and a great honor to be here,” Kearns said. “Thanks to everybody. I can’t believe I’m getting this opportunity.”
Wilmington is a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference along with fellow school members John Carroll, Mount Union, Heidelberg, Ohio Northern, Otterbein, Capital, Muskingum, Marietta and Baldwin Wallace.
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