HPCA’s Chavis signs with Pride

May. 06, 2013 @ 10:47 PM

Quentin Chavis could’ve easily let his dreams of playing college football fizzle out. But he kept working, despite facing challenges early in his high school career.

It was no doubt difficult to keep going, but, through perseverance and hard work, he is now within reach of his goal. Chavis, a senior at High Point Christian, has committed with NCAA Division III Greensboro College so that he can play at the next level.

“It’s like a dream come true,” says Chavis, the son of Inda and Bobbie Jr. of Greensboro. “I feel accomplished. I feel like all this work has paid off.”

Following in the footsteps of his brother, he started playing football at 7 years old as a lineman and loved it. He switched to quarterback as a freshman at public-school powerhouse Dudley and grew tremendously through a commitment to hard work.

But things didn’t go as well as he’d like through his two seasons in the program. As a freshman, he was replaced as the starter and didn’t play for the rest of the season. Then, as a sophomore, he didn’t play as well as he expected.

It was a low time for him, but he didn’t give up. “My parents and my brother — they never let me quit,” he recalls. “They kept telling me to keep going, no matter what.”

Near the end of his sophomore season and into his one year at Oak Ridge, his play picked up and he regained his confidence. He then transferred to High Point Christian and helped lead the fledgling program to its first playoff berth as a senior.

Through two seasons, Chavis posted impressive numbers. As a junior, he led the NCISAA Carolina Piedmont Football Conference in yards passing and touchdowns. As a senior, he threw for 13 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards and set school career records for yards passing, completions and touchdowns.

“Quentin has been instrumental in coming in and solidifying the quarterback position, being a leader on and off the field,” Cougars coach Steve Lechner says. “He was sort of the trumpet for the program in the community. And he’s a great advocate for what we’re doing, both as a football team and a school. 

“He was able to absorb a fairly complex system and grow in it. He put quite a bit of time in off the field, as far as the film room and the mental pieces of playing quarterback. So, what he did was not only help us get to the next level, as far as us being a playoff team, but also in setting a great example.”

Narrowing his options to also include UNC Pembroke and Catawba, Chavis chose Greensboro College, of the USA South Athletic Conference, due in large part to the small campus and class sizes, and in part to Pride’s pass-oriented offense being similar to what HPCA runs.

“It felt like a family,” says Chavis, who wants to study athletic training. “It’s close to home, and I felt like it was the best fit for me with the style of offense they have. … It feels good, like a dream come true.”

 

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