• John Macon Gillespie

Catching Up With Kegan Huddleston

It was a special season for Kegan Huddleston, who returned home to play for his father’s alma mater, Shannon, his senior year.

The Red Raiders rushed it for 200 yards per game this fall, and Huddleston led the way with 101.5 yards per game on the ground. All in all he finished with a team best 1,117 rushing yards to go with his eight touchdown carries.

“This year was exciting for me and also full of challenges,” Huddleston told SES Mississippi. “I grew a lot in different areas. Coach (Darryl)Carter pushed me to by myself and to do my best. That allowed me to gain 1,200 total yards, and for that I am grateful.”

With his high school career now behind him, there are three areas in particular he feels he made the biggest strides with.

“I feel like I improved my strenghth, speed and shiftiness most over my high school career,” the talented Huddleston explained.

Big news came recently when Huddleston decided to make a verbal commitment to nearby Itawamba Community College and head coach Sean Cannon.

This was the perfect cherry to put on top of his successful prep career. His opportunity to play for a program like ICC is only validation for his hard work and good character. There were also a few key deciding factors that ICC had that put them over the top.

“Before making my decision I considered a lot of things and, of course, I prayed about it,” He said. “The program at ICC is top-ranked, they allow their players to grow and the coaching staff and players are very supportive of each other.”

“I am very excited about playing for a program like this. I am so grateful for the time and interest they have shown in me.”

It doesn’t feel so long ago that Huddleston was competing at the Fortius Project at ICC. After an impressive 40-yard dash he was offered on the spot. He even offered a word to Fortius campers in 2017.

“When I think of the Fortius Prohect, I think of stronger. How you can better yourself as a player by competing against the best of the best. Also how you can get better at your position,” Huddleston said. “Like my 40 time improved at Fortius because I worked on it and kept crafting and the results showed.”

“To the guys that are coming to Fortius this year, have fun with it, work hard and enjoy meeting athletes that are on the same mission as you.”

Huddleston participated in the very first Fortius Project camp ever at Petal in March, where he ran a recorded 40-yard dash in the 4.5 range. When he returned to ICC a month and a half later, he ran a time in the high 4.3 range.

It was recently announced the Fortius Project will make its 2017 debut at ICC on February 25th. Stay tuned for more dates and locations to come.

As for Huddleston, his next step is to graduate high school and then move on to make an impact for ICC, who lost their starting running back from this past season, Octavious Matthews, to graduation.

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