Sterling, VA (July 4, 2016) – Dominion graduate Jordan Hinson has commit to play football for UVA-Wise beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“My recruiting experience was very long and stressful, but well worth the wait, shared Hinson. After making my decision to commit to UVA-Wise, it felt great. It took a lot of weight off my shoulders knowing that I have a home after graduating high school.”
UVA-Wise is a public, liberal arts college nestled on an expansive 369-acre campus amid the lush Appalachian Mountains of Southwest Virginia. UVA-Wise offers students a high-caliber liberal arts education, a prestigious University of Virginia degree, and an idyllic rural learning environment complete with small classes, close-knit communities, and one-on-one faculty attention. With more than 50 student organizations, spirited NCAA athletic programs, and near-daily campus events, its students have many opportunities to get involved, grow as individuals, and discover their passions.
“After visiting UVA-Wise, I knew it was the school I wanted to attend, shared Hinson. The new coaching staff is very experienced and is motivated to move the program in the right direction, and I feel I can make an impact helping them accomplish this. The campus was beautiful and I felt like it was a place where I could fit in and succeed at the next level both academically and athletically.”
Hinson’s head football coach will be Dane Damron. Damron was named the fourth head football coach in UVA-Wise school history in December of 2015. Known for his offensive prowess, Damron came to UVA-Wise after a seven-year stint at Eastern Kentucky University, five of which as their offensive coordinator. In his five years directing the Eastern Kentucky offense, his team averaged more than 200 rushing and 200 passing yards per game. His teams also rushed for at least 1,700 yards in each of the five years directing the offense.
“Going into my first year, I would like to be stronger and faster than I am now, said Hinson. I plan to work hard in the classroom and on the field with a goal of earning a position in the starting line-up.”
Hinson, the 2016 1st Team All-Conference 21B defensive back, has played football for 9 years. When asked about one of his fondest gridiron memories during that time, Hinson shared, “I would have to say it was in my sophomore year playing alongside my brother at Briar Woods High School in the 2013 State championship game at the University of Virginia. The two of us playing in the backfield together is something that I will remember and cherish for the rest of my life.”
“I’m thankful for my parents Byron and Sarah Hinson and my older brother B.J. Hinson. All three of them pushed me every day to be the best that I can be. I was fortunate to have played on the same field as my brother; we would always have each others backs.”
Asked what advice he’s give other pursuing their dream, Hinson shared, “Never give up on your dream. If you want something, work for it and go get it. If you stay focused and work hard it will pay off in the end. Never let others discourage you from pursuing your dreams.”
Please join us in wishing Jordan the very best on the football field and in the classroom as he pursues a degree in Criminal Justice at UVA-Wise.
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