Feb. 8, 2013
LC senior linebacker signs letter of intent to play football at the University of the Cumberlands;
LOUISA, KY – The day finally came for Lawrence Co.’s senior linebacker Jordan Wellman has worked so hard for since youth football up to his last season of high school as a Bulldog. LC’s library was the gathering place on Wednesday as the first day for high school students to officially sign to play college football. Friends and family gathered around as Jordan and parents (Jeremy & Crystal) sat by his side with grandparents sitting in the front row to be a apart of this cherishing moment. Wellman announced that he will further his football career with the University of the Cumberland Patriots in Williamsburg, KY.
“My whole life football has been the most important thing to me, I’ve always loved it and it’s always been close to my heart. Now that the day has come that I finally sign and know I’ll get to play…..it’s just incredible, it’s something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little kid growing up and now that it’s here it’s just amazing,” said Wellman. “I want to go into Cumberland and work as hard as I can so maybe one day I will become an All-American linebacker.”
Wellman has put up some some impressive stats and grabbed some hardware as a Bulldog during his high school years.
His sophomore year he collected 101 tackles, 1 blocked punt and returned for a touchdown, was 2-Time Defensive Player of the Game, & an All-Amercan Honorable Mention. Wellman’s junior year saw him set out 3 games due to several injuries but still grabbed 2nd on the team with 94 tackles, had 1 interception, was nominated to the 1st Team All-Area, & All-State Honorable Mention. Wellman’s final season as a senior grid-iron high school linebacker, he pounded out 125 tackles, 2-Time Ignite Sports Player of the Game, WYMT 1st Team All-Mountain Team, 1st Team All-District, & 1st Team All-Area. In the 1st round of the playoffs this past season, Wellman picked up a career high 35 tackles against Morgan County.
LC head football coach Joey Cecil has been with Wellman all four years as a Bulldog, two as an assistant and two as head coach.
“I think about three things when I think about Jordan, the past, present, & the future,” said coach Cecil. “As a sophomore you saw the potential that he had, he had instincts and things you couldn’t coach and a great work ethic. This present time he has been the perfect role model for our kids standing here and watching. His dad eluded to it, your not going to find a kid with a better work ethic and it shows you that it’s not about ability but what you want to do with that ability. We’re going to miss him but he has a bright future, I think about where he can go and what he can do….it’s unlimited. The one thing I’m going to say is that I always hope you trust in the LORD and I pray that you let him be your guiding light.”
As Wellman will be leaving coach Cecil, he will be gaining a new head coach this coming fall in John Bland. Bland has been head coach for the Patriots goin into his 8th season this fall and has a overall record of 62-25 which is in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). The Patriots finished 2012 at 10-2 and 4-1 in the Mid-South Conference (MSC). Bland has led his squad to 4 Conference Playoff appearances, MSC Coach of the Year 4 times, & regular Coach of the Year once in 2008. Since 2006, Bland has had numerous players win awards: 91 All-Conference, 19 All-Americans, 8 Conference Players of the Year, 45 Academic All-Conference Selections, & 12 Academic All-American.
Good luck Jordan with your future as a Cumberland Patriot!