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By Troy Treasure
Two-time all-state North Shelby lineman Jackson Lunsford has committed to play at Coe College, an NCAA Division III university located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Kohawks are a member of the American Rivers Conference.
“I went on a visit probably four weeks ago. I felt like I belonged there,” Lunsford said.
“The bond you could feel when I saw the football team, they are basically brothers,” he continued. “It felt just like it did over here at North. They are all very tight.”
Lunsford indicated he was impressed with the Coe coaching staff.
“They knew how to have fun but when it came time to get serious, they were very serious,” he said. “They are able to relate to the players. It kind of reminded me of coach (Seth) Bass, just how organized they were at making sure players were getting the work done.”
The Coe coaches indicated to Lunsford he most likely will play on the interior offensive line. Lunsford said he will need to improve on pass protection, particularly footwork.
Conversely, Lunsford is open to playing defense.
“I wouldn’t mind hitting some people, roughing up their quarterback every once in a while,” he said, “but then again, I like protecting my quarterback.”
Cedar Rapids is the second-largest city in Iowa, behind Des Moines. Coe’s self-contained community setting appealed to Lunsford.
“It kind of reminds me of another small town. Even the class sizes are similar, about 16 and my class here is about 16 right now,” he said.
“I’m basically going to another small town, but it’s in the middle of Cedar Rapids, Iowa,” Lunsford concluded. “I’m just thankful for this opportunity. It’s kind of crazy to think I’m actually going to play college ball.
“I’m glad it’s a reality, that’s for sure.”