By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(May 25, 2014) – Briar Woods High School senior Byron “BJ” Hinson Jr. has committed to play football at the Catholic University of America starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“It’s a great relief to be committed,” said the 5-foot-11 Hinson. “Now that I know where I am going, I have a reinforced sense of purpose and am grateful for all the help I have received throughout this process.”
Hinson’s journey to college football started back when he was just nine years old, all thanks to his dad.
“He instilled the love of the game in me and introduced me to the many training programs and camps I have participated in over the years,” said Hinson who was born in New York City. “What keeps me going now is knowing that I am progressing and getting stronger day by day. Every rep in training is one more tackle that I make on the field and that is what I work for.”
During his training repetitions at Briar Woods High School, Hinson had the opportunity to play in three straight VHSL state championships, earning a ring at the AA Division 4 in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, the Falcons’ – led by head coach Charlie Pierce – finished 15-2 falling to L.C. Bird on Dec. 14 in the VHSL 5A state championship.
“It was truly an invaluable experience to be a part of the Briar Woods football program. Trip after trip to the state championship taught me just how far hard work can take you,” Hinson said. “The feeling of having a team mentality to win is priceless. We always have each other’s backs. We play for the teammate next to us, our families and our school.”
Starting this fall, Hinson will have a new team to play for as he takes his talent’s to the nation’s capital to play for head coach Dave Dunn at CUA. In 2013, the Division III Cardinals saw a better end to their season than did the Briar Woods Falcons as Catholic crushed Bridgewater, 42-19, in their final game of the season on Nov. 16 ending their season with a 6-4 record including a 3-4 mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
“I will bring leadership, a constant work ethic and the overwhelming will to win to the team,” said Hinson who will play linebacker for the Cardinals.
While football has helped get him to where he is today, Hinson maintained that hard work can get you anywhere, and the high school senior noted he will not only work hard on the field for the Cardinals, but he will also make the most out of the academic opportunity he is getting at the private institution.
“I chose Catholic University because it offered the best opportunities for success out of all the schools that we’re interested in me,” Hinson said. “It has a great engineering program and the team situation suited me very well. I am really excited and am looking forward to this opportunity.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!