- Feature Story
- Eric Richey
- February 04, 2017 - 2:23pm
What a difference a year makes.
Following his senior season at Destrehan, Will Sirmon IV still wanted to play college football but had no offers. With 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, he felt he had the athleticism to continue playing. Would he go the JUCO route? Walk-on? He ultimately went down a far different path.
With a little research, he discovered many schools in the Northeast offered a post-graduate year, basically a fifth year of high school where he could play another season of football to get on the radar of college recruiters.
Declassified from the Class of ’16 to the Class of ’17 Sirmon took advantage of the extra season of prep football at Phillips Academy Andover (Andover, MA). Playing both wide receiver and quarterback, Sirmon was a First-Team All-Central New England selection and on Wednesday, signed his letter-of-intent to play Division I college football at Holy Cross.
“It’s pretty exciting because these next three or four seasons (Holy Cross) loaded up their schedule,” said Sirmon. “We’re going to be playing teams like Boston College, Syracuse, Navy, and UConn so it’s pretty exciting.”
For Sirmon, the leap of faith began last summer when he participated in the Boston College Football Summer Camp to get acclimated to life in the Northeast and meeting coaches from teams in both the Ivy League and Patriot League.
At Andover, Sirmon was moved from wide receiver to quarterback after three games. In four games at quarterback Sirmon passed for 534 yards and 5 touchdowns, while rushing for 495 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Throughout the season he sent film to Ivy League and Patriot League teams. Eventually Sirmon received a preferred walk-on offer from Tulane and Fordham but still was not content. He continued to go through the recruiting process by talking to coaches and visiting other schools. Then with two weeks before signing day, a breakthrough. Sirmon was contacted by Holy Cross from the Pioneer League and quickly made an official visit, received an offer, and made a commitment.
Sirmon will play wide receiver for the Crusaders, whose 2017 recruiting class was listed as No.1 in the Patriot League by 247sports.com.
For Sirmon signing with Holy Cross was extra gratifying after losing the battle for the starting quarterback position at Destrehan his junior season, suffering a torn labrum shortly after, and seeing little playing time after switching to wide receiver for his senior season.
“It’s a great feeling and it feels like a thousand pounds have been lifted off my shoulders,” said Sirmon. “It all just kind of worked after all the injuries and adversity I just kept faith in God and faith that everything would work out and that the hard work would pay off. I was blessed to be able to have the opportunity to come up here to Andover and have a good enough season to get where I wanted go. (I had) great support from my family and there were times where I doubted if I was going to make it or if I was making the right decision but it all worked out and I’m really grateful for that.”