Evans High School defensive back Jabari Nelson’s wish came true Monday when he signed his letter of intent to play football for Reinhardt University, an NAIA school in Waleska, Ga.
“It’s a big accomplishment and I’ve been working for it my whole life and it’s like wow, it’s finally here,” Nelson said moments before he signed.
In 2012, Nelson recorded 60 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception and was named a 2012 All-County defensive back and a 2012 Region 2-AAAAA All-Region second team athlete.
“He’ll do well at the college level because of his tenacity, his will to win and his leadership,” said Evans defensive backs coach Marcus Allen. “He led his team this year. Even when we struggled he practiced hard and focused on his goal, which is being a good team player but also eventually signing a scholarship, which is what he did today.”
Nelson liked the fact that the Eagles, who will compete in the Mid-South Conference, will begin their first year of play in 2013.
“They’re starting a brand-new team, and for me that’s just showing I’ve got to work extra hard to get my starting spot because that’s where I want to be,” said Nelson. “With a new team, that’s a chance for me to create leadership with another team, a chance for me to start over.”
It was an overwhelming day for his mother Nichelle, who was proud of her son.
“I’m excited,” she said. “I’m happy for him. We had a couple of choices to choose from and I strongly feel God put him at Reinhardt for a reason.”