The December signing period has come and gone and for some local prospects that means college enrollment in early January. That is the case for Ed White offensive tackle Yontez Jarrell who signed with UNC-Charlotte on December 19.
1010XL caught up with Jarrell for one final conversation prior to him enrolling on January 9.
“I’m going to remember how it was a learning process and how I had to grow with the team and grow with the program in order to make the program what it is today,” Jarrell said regarding his senior season at Ed White. “I just tried my best to help out wherever I could and whenever I could.”
Jarrell was coached at Ed White by Kevin Sullivan who is one of the most respected high school coaches in the state of Florida.
“Coach Sullivan was a very great coach,” Jarrell said. “He’s the coach that helped me get to where I’m at today. We really got to Ed White around the same time and when he saw that I was struggling and needed assistance, he was there to guide me and show me the fundamentals of what I needed to in order to succeed.
“The first thing I will think of when someone says Ed White is Coach Sullivan and how he was my mentor. Then, I’m going to remember my teammates and my fellow offensive linemen and how we were there side-by-side and playing these games win or lose.”
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Jarrell signed with UNC-Charlotte and will enroll on campus later this week; what was it about UNC-Charlotte that got Jarrell’s attention?
“Other than the fact that it’s a great program football wise, they also have the types of fundamentals that I need to succeed in life,” Jarrell said. “Even though there was a coaching staff change, I feel they are still pointing in the right direction with the new coach.”
Jarrell hopes that by graduating high school early, he has set an example for his younger siblings to look up to.
“My mother and father were really proud because I’m the first of my family to graduate early, so I’m making a new path for my little brother and sister,” Jarrell said. “They now have someone to follow behind.”
Jarrell plans on playing offensive tackle at UNC-Charlotte and will participate in spring football.
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