Whitefield senior is headed to college on football scholarship
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Super Senior Whitefield's Richard ‘Roc’ Sherrell, 18, will be attending Rhodes College in the fall on a football scholarship. He competed in both football and baseball at Whitefield for the past four years.
Super Senior Whitefield's Richard ‘Roc’ Sherrell, 18, will be attending Rhodes College in the fall on a football scholarship. He competed in both football and baseball at Whitefield for the past four years.
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SMYRNA — Described as a quiet leader by many, Whitefield Academy’s Richard “Roc” Sherrell will be missed by his coaches, classmates and teachers next school year.

The 18-year-old will be attending Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., on a football scholarship this fall. He has been a running back for the Wolfpack all four years of high school.

“I’m just very proud of his accomplishments both on and off the field,” said Whitefield’s head football coach Jimmy Fields. “I fully expect him to be successful and a leader there at Rhodes as well.”

The senior also is a four-year letterman for the school’s baseball program. He played center field.

“He’s a great guy, quiet leader, very confident, and I think he’s going to make a great addition to Rhodes and their program,” said Sherrell’s former baseball coach, Chris Digiorgio.

“He definitely represents the spirit of Whitefield and has been a tremendous asset to the school during his time here.”

With the help of the national program “A Better Chance,” Sherrell first enrolled at Whitefield in seventh grade. The school was recommended to him by a former football teammate on his middle school team at the time.

“I don’t know that I’ll miss high school, but I will miss my friends, the people and my coaches,” Sherrell said about moving on to bigger and better things at the Tennessee university. “They are what made this experience so great.”

He shared what led him to pick Rhodes.

“The recruiting coach showed a ton of interest in me from the very beginning,” Sherrell said. “When I went on my visit, I got to meet the coaches, watch film, walk around campus, and it was a great experience that kind of sealed the deal for me.”

Outside of sports, Sherrell got as involved in other Whitefield programs, including playing xylophone in the concert band, participating on the chess team since seventh grade and performing in the school play.

“Do everything that is available to you,” he recommended to rising freshmen or new students at Whitefield. “I took that to heart with doing chess and the play. It’ll make your experience here 100 times better, being involved.”

He is undecided on his major but said he’s leaning toward a profession in sound engineering.

“I enjoy music — listening to it, creating it, playing it, the whole nine yards,” he said.

Whitefield Academy’s graduation ceremony was Saturday at Cumberland Community Church in Smyrna. Sherrell was one of 62 to earn a diploma from the Christian academy.
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