• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Sports

Campbellsville University signs three Jacket lineman

THREE WCHS FOOTBALL PLAYERS signed with Campbellsville University on Feb. 7 in a ceremony held   in the WCHS cafeteria. All three signees were lineman for the Jackets this past season. From left: Jayden Hamilton, Omar Renteria and Jaylan Washington. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Jayden Hamilton, Jaylan Washington and Omar Renteria signed their letters of intent to play football for Campbellsville University on Wednesday, Feb. 7 at a ceremony held in the WCHS cafeteria.

WCHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Dennis Johnson spoke to the crowd before the signing. “These are three great kids that work hard and come from great families,” said Johnson. “They make us proud by showing that hard work can pay off and we look forward to following their careers as they unfold at the next level.”

Hamilton came into the 2017 football season listed as a tight end and a defensive lineman. Banged up for much of the season, he is now healthy and playing for the boys' basketball team this season.

“I was a little nervous because I know there would be a lot of people here at the ceremony,” said Hamilton. “I am so grateful to my family for all of the time and money that they spent to get me here. They sacrificed so much to give me this chance. There was a point that I wasn't sure that I would play football again. I questioned it, but I am thankful that I stayed with it and it's paying off today.”

Jaylan Washington was an offensive and defensive line staple for the Jackets in 2017 and was named the winner of the Coaches Award at the team football banquet.

“This opportunity has been amazing,” said Washington. “It's one of those moments that you work so hard for and I am very thankful for this chance to play football at the collegiate level.”

Omar Renteria played lineman on both sides of the ball for the Jackets in 2017 and was named to the All-District Team. He was also a star student at WCHS, and named an Honorable Mention on the All-State Academic team.

“I felt a lot of pressure when I first received the offer to play at Campbellsville,” said Renteria. “I understand now that I can work hard and make anything possible. It's wild to think all three of us are headed to play at the same school. I am looking forward to the experience and seeing what comes next.”

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