• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

Four WCHS football players ready to play in college

FOOTBALL SIGNING CEREMONY. Dennis Johnson, middle, head coach of the Woodford County High School football team, stands with four of his seniors who signed letters of intent to play in college next year. The signings took place in a ceremony in the high school cafeteria on Friday, March 31, in front of family, teammates and friends. Shown in the photo with Coach Johnson are, from left, Jacob Jenkins, Domynik Johnson, Justin Brown and Marik Richards. (Photo by Rick Capone)

On Friday, March 31, four Woodford County High School football players signed letters of intent to play in college in a ceremony in the high school cafeteria on Friday, March 31. The four players are Justin Brown, who signed with Hanover College; Jacob Jenkins, who signed with Union College; Domynik Johnson, who signed with Eastern Kentucky University; and Malik Richards, who signed with Morehead State. It took a lot of hard work to achieve the goal of playing at the next level, according to Woodford head coach Dennis Johnson, and he’s very proud of all of his players. “I think it’s a tribute to those guys who worked hard and put themselves in a position to be able to go to the next level and play,” said Johnson. “A lot of people strive to do that and these four men are going to get the opportunity. With that comes a great responsibility, but I think they put themselves in position. It’s going to be a great time and give (us) a chance to watch them play for the next four or five years.” Justin Brown will play offensive line at Hanover College. For Brown, the chance to play in college “has been a life-long dream,” he said. He’s met his coaches and they made him feel very welcome. “They’ve all done a good job of recruiting,” said Brown. “And, it (Hanover) just feels like home.” His education plans include majoring in electrical engineering, with a minor in construction management. Domynik Johnson, who played running back and wide receiver at Woodford, will walk on to the EKU football team and he is confident that he’ll be successful at the next level. “I feel very blessed,” said Johnson, whose dad coaches the Yellow Jackets. It took “a lot of hard work during the season. But, I’m glad I get a chance to play at the next level.” Johnson has made a couple of visits to EKU and met with the coaches and liked what he saw there. “I’ve met the coaches a couple of times,” he said. “I’ve been on a couple of visits. I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with them.” As you can imagine, Coach Johnson is very proud of what his son has accomplished. “I’m definitely proud of my son. He’s worked hard,” said Coach Johnson. “We’ve built a bond over the past five or six years. And, I’ve been extremely tough on him, but he’s exceeded what I’ve asked of him and now I look forward to being able to be a parent and just be able to watch him for the next four or five years.” Johnson plans to study kinesiology and go to physical therapy school. Jacob Jenkins, who played a number of positions for the Yellow Jackets, including punter, will walk on to the team at Union College. It took a lot of hard work to reach the position he’s in and he’s very grateful for the opportunity. “It’s a blessing,” said Jenkins. “It’s a day I’ve dreamed about.” Like the other players, he’s made visits to the school and had a chance to talk with the coaches. They made him feel welcome, which is why he signed with Union. Jenkins plans to study nursing, and either become a certified nursing assistant or a physical therapist. Malik Richards, who was Woodford’s starting quarterback most of his senior year, fulfilled his dream by signing with Morehead State and getting the opportunity to play football in college. “It feels greats. You know, it’s something that I always dreamed of,” said Richards. “Something that I never thought I could do without people around me and my community. They’ve been pushing me. And, just for the fact that it’s actually here and I’m actually about to go to the next level and play, it feels really good.” Richards plans to major in business marketing, and, possibly, one day own a barber shop.

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