Crestwood High School offensive tackle Zyricq Rufus lets his actions speak louder than his words.
On Wednesday morning, he went through with one of the most important actions of his young life when he signed to play college football with Catawba …
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On Wednesday morning, he went through with one of the most important actions of his young life when he signed to play college football with Catawba College in a signing ceremony at the Crestwood lecture hall.
"It means a lot to me," Rufus said. "All my hard work has paid off."
Fellow Knights offensive tackle Terrance McClain and quarterback Anthony Bradley also signed to play football next year on Wednesday morning with South Carolina State and Allen University, respectively.
Crestwood head coach Roosevelt Nelson believes Rufus has some serious potential.
"Being a former player (Nelson played at Crestwood), he's one of the better offensive linemen to come through," Nelson said. "He has all the tools to be a great offensive lineman at the next level."
Rufus finished the 2018 season with an 85 percent grade average and 20 knockdown blocks.
Along with skill, Rufus also has a great work ethic.
"He has over a 3.0 GPA (grade point average) and hasn't missed practice in four years," Nelson said. "He works hard and is dependable."
Playing football at Crestwood has taught Rufus one important thing to remember.
"You have to think about the good of the team more than the good of yourself," he said.
Rufus credits the Crestwood coaching staff for helping him get this far.
"They molded me into the player that I am," he said. "I most likely wouldn't be the player I am today if it wasn't for them."
Rufus chose to attend Catawba for two specific reasons.
"I felt at home (there)," he said. "During the whole process, they were the only school that contacted me from the day I got the scholarship until today (Wednesday)."
Catawba is an NCAA Division II school that is a member of the South Atlantic Conference.
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