Cedarville standout Dylan Shelton signed a letter of intent to junior Hendrix College and play football for the Warriors during a ceremony on Friday held at Big Jake’s in Van Buren.
Shelton, who is in line to graduate among the top of his class, chose Hendrix over other schools for academic reputation.
"That was one of the big factors for me," said Shelton. "It’s important to me to have a good education so I have something to fall back on after I graduate."
Shelton is looking at majoring in sports medicine, but added that his interests tend to change.
He was also impressed with meeting the coaching staff at Hendrix, which is in its second year of building a program that has been absent from the school for 53 years.
"All the coaches were on the same page and they were energetic about football," said Shelton. "From my first visit it was obvious to me that this was going to be one of the schools to consider."
While visiting the school, Shelton ran into former Mountainburg standout Stephen Stearman.
"(Stephen) was real funny at first," said Shelton. "He was like ‘I don’t want a Cedarville kid in my room’. It was a good visit and I’m looking forward to being on the team with him."
Shelton said that the coaches are going to give him a chance to earn the starting job at quarterback, but if he will be used somewhere else if he doesn’t.
"I think it’s going to be fun. I’m excited about playing for four years for a program that’s building," said Shelton. "It’ll be awesome."
The Warriors opened the 2013 season with a win and finished the year 3-8. Hendrix open the 2014 campaign in Westminster (Mo.) and will host Bacone on Sept. 13 for the season opener.