One of the best and most wholesome things about college football is when hardworking players earn scholarships. I don’t know what it is about it, but for me it plucks the same heartstring that gets pulled when service members return from overseas and see their family, or when someone gets a really personal and meaningful present.
That’s why it’s awesome to learn that redshirt junior running back Deonté Sheffield, as well as quarterback-turned-tight end Wyatt Rector, were awarded full scholarship offers from Florida State:
GOD is soo good... Keep Climbing Big Sheff this is only the beginning! If only you knew the goals I have in mind- best believe I will go get every single one of them. It’s all about your mindset & approach ⌛️ #NeverQuitNeverGiveUp#BigFaith#Woot @Coach_Norvell @FSUFootball pic.twitter.com/718erVAkDb— Odell Sheffield Jr. (@deontesheff9) August 25, 2020
IM SO PROUD!! My wywy got put on scholarship today! Goes to show that hard work does pay off ❤️ @WyattRector #MambaMentality #FSU pic.twitter.com/SC2uKbtgID— Ashley Mariee (@ashperezm) August 25, 2020
“Got to visit with both those guys and met with them individually,” Norvell said Wednesday. “I believe both of them have put themselves in position to help this team this year.”
This is a great accomplishment, and it’s impossible to argue that either didn’t earn their scholarship When we say Sheffield worked hard and put in his dues, it’s not just lip service. This is a quote by James Blackman following FSU’s 2018 spring game:
“Deonte is one of the hardest-working players I’ve ever seen. He works his butt off every day in practice, the weight room, the classroom, so I did expect him to have a big game,” FSU quarterback James Blackman said after the scrimmage. “A lot of people don’t know how talented he is and he was able to show it.”
Back in that game Sheffield caught a pass from Blackman and shook Hamsah Nasirildeen on his way to a 65-yard score.
Rector has been grinding the tight end position since moving to the position this year — he originally transferred in from Western Michigan as a quarterback.
“Wyatt Rector has done some good things, he just has to continue to learn the position and find some consistency,” tight end coach Chris Thomsen said last week.
Congratulations to the pair and we can’t wait to see them in action this season.