NEWBERRY — Dual-sport high school athlete Jaylen Lindsay inked his letter of intent Tuesday with Presbyterian College. Lindsay followed the example of NHS basketball teammate Trey Miller and held his signing at the Newberry County YMCA.
Though Lindsay starred on the hardwood for the Newberry High Bulldogs AA State Championship team, Lindsay will lace up his cleats for the Blue Hose football team in the fall.
Right now Lindsay projects as a defensive back for PC but he said they might use him some at receiver if the coaches feel that’s his best position for the team.
Lindsay was a main target of quarterback Yafari Werts last fall on the NHS squad that narrowly lost to Fairfield Central for a chance to play in the upper state championship.
He plans to study biology/psychology as undergrad with the eventual goal of occupational therapy school.
Lindsay said the career goal fits his laid back personality that puts people at ease but also lets him apply the intensity of focus toward a common goal that he has developed over the years in Newberry athletics.
Playing for a Division 1 school so close to home appealed to Lindsay. He said that would increase chances of pro scouts seeing him on film and also give him a chance to compete against top talent at FBS schools as a way to challenge himself as a student-athlete.
His mother, Shelia Lindsay, was proud of her son and that he chose to stay closer to home for college so she could go watch him play.
“His aunt has her own speech pathology business and encouraged Jaylen to go into occupational therapy. We are excited by the opportunities he has at PC and the solid plan he has mapped out for his future,” she said.
NHS Head Basketball Coach and Director of Athletics Chad Cary was proud to see his former player at a Division 1 school.
“I would love to see him play basketball (because he is so gifted in that area) but as long as he is in a school that is a good fit and prepared to be the best student he can be, that is what is most important to me,” Cary said.
Jaylen Lindsay thanked all his coaches, family and supporters, especially NHS defense back coach Tom Eachues for rotating him into games on defense last season.