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Shelby County senior Jacob Hudgens signed to play football for Union College last week.
Hudgens, an offensive guard and outside linebacker this past season for the Rockets, said he visited the campus in Barbourville and was happy with the way he was treated as well as the surroundings.
“It seemed like a great place to spend four years,” he said.
Hudgens, who stands 5 feet 10, 201 pounds, was an instrumental player on both sides of the ball for Shelby County, which went 9-3 last fall.
“He’s an extremely hard-working guy, a very positive guy, and that’s what we needed,” teammate and classmate Michael Barry said.
Hudgens, a 3-year starter on the offensive line, will play outside linebacker at Union.
“That’s where I played all [senior] year,” Hudgens said. “That’s what I wanted to play in college.”
Hudgens, who has a 3.7 grade-point average, said he has decided to major in athletic training.
“I’ve been injured a lot in football and seeing what [trainers] do when they help a kid, that seems awesome to me, to be able to help a kid fulfill his dream,” he said.
At his signing ceremony in the school library Hudgens first thanked God and his family, including his mother, Gayla.
“She tried to talk me out of [playing football],” Hudgens said. “Then she fell in love with it after one game, so I guess she kind of owes me a thanks for that.”
Vogel to sign
Collins senior Shelby Vogel will sign to play women’s soccer for Georgetown College at 4 p.m. April 11 in the high school’s library.
Slaughter planning 3-on-3 tournament
Former Shelby County and Western Kentucky University standout A.J. Slaughter, who is playing professionally in France, is planning to put on a 3-on-3 tournament Memorial Day weekend in Shelbyville. More details to come.