Westover football coach Octavia Jones gives instructions to Julian Colwell and his mother, Alisa Colwell on Tuesday, while Kendrick Hurley talks with his family on Wednesday. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
ALBANY — Westover High School football athletes Julian Colwell and Kendrick Hurley signed national letters-of-intent to play collegiately at Middle Georgia State College Wednesday afternoon in the school’s media center.
When the pair step on the Cochran campus this summer, they’ll have more stories to share like the ones they did on Wednesday.
“We’ve played against each other back when we lived in Americus,” Colwell said. “Kendrick was pretty good. He always tried to hit you hard.”
Then it was Hurley’s turn.
“He was always the main person we were aiming for,” Hurley said. “But no matter how much we came at him, he always came back trash talking with more intensity and skills. Julian Colwell has always been a great player.”
The two signed in front of students and teachers in a packed media center.
Colwell and Hurley, both defensive standouts, were recently offered scholarships after a strong showing at the Senior Showcase in Atlanta.
The best friends, who moved to Albany in middle school, said they could be happier after getting a chance to continue their playing careers. To make it even better, they’ll get a chance to play beside each other for two more years at the junior college.
Colwell played a variety of defensive positions during his career at Westover, spending most of his time in the secondary. He played some at linebacker.
Hurley started at defensive back.
Westover coach Octavia Jones said he’s thrilled to see the duo take their game to the next level. They played key roles in helping last year’s Patriots finish 9-3 and win their first Region 1-AAAA title in school history.
“We’re extremely excited for them,” Jones said. “We’re glad to see them have the opportunity to produce at a higher level.”
Colwell and Hurley hope to make an impact at Middle Georgia State.
“I’m happy to get a chance to continue my career,” Colwell said. “The same college that wanted him, wanted me, too. Getting a chance to continue playing with someone whom I consider a brother is just amazing.”
The duo hope playing at Middle Georgia will serve as a springboard to bigger opportunities.
“Playing at a JUCO, there’s always the possibility to transfer,” Hurley said. “But it’s a privilege to play at the next level. That’s all I need.”