Smiles of proud friends, family and coaches filled the library on Thursday, February 11 as Derson Pratt ‘16 signed to play football at Cincinnati Christian University.
“He’s going to be hard to replace,” said CJ Football Head Coach Marcus Colvin. “Derson really grew in four years, both academically and physically. Those are all the things you want at CJ. I’m proud that he is going to go on and has a good foundation to continue playing in college.”
Also attending the signing ceremony were coaches from Cincinnati Christian University.
“Having the coaches here showed how great CCU is and how great my coaches are going to be,” Pratt shared. “There are a lot of similarities at CCU to CJ.”
“We know CJ has an emphasis on community service,” CCU Defensive Line Coach Trevor Zeiders explained. “We are involved in community service and will be doing things in the community, so it did play a part in choosing Derson. He’s a better fit for us overall.”
“Derson has a good character, and that is shown through his behavior and his respect,” Colvin noted. “He has great parents and you can see that shine through in everything he does.”
Pratt said he would like to major in business or athletic training. He will most likely play on the defensive line for CCU.
When looking ahead to next school year, Derson said, “I’m most definitely going to miss my friends and teachers, and everything about CJ spiritually.”
"We are excited for Derson and excited for his opportunity,” Zeiders added. “August will be here before we know it!”