Cardell Rawlings signs with Wingate

February 7, 2014 

Cardell Rawlings signs with Wingate with (seated from left) his dad, Ernest Rawlings, sisters, Eziara Herbert and Deziara Herbert, his mom, Cassandra Williams, (standing, from left) Cleveland head football coach Marc Morris, assistant coach Travis Gaster, Ernestine Rawlings (grandmother), principal Anne Meredith, Grace Williams (grandmother), David Herbert (stepdad), Timothy Sanders (cousin), Tiara Jones (sister) and athletic director Jamie Lee.

D. CLAY BEST — newsobserver.com

Parents: Ernest Rawlings and Cassandra Williams

High School: Cleveland

Height, Weight: 6-foot-2, 235 pounds

Position: Linebacker

Why Wingate: “It has a homey feel, the same kind of feeling I get here at Cleveland. The coaches are very knowledgeable and the team seems like a great fit.”

Major: Physical Therapy

Also Considered: UNC Pembroke, Guilford College, N.C. A&T, N.C. Central

Notable: Cardell’s last two years of high school have been spent dealing with injuries. A car accident during the spring of his junior year cost him track season and summer football workouts. Then, a month into this past season, blood clots in his legs (thought to be related to the car accident) forced him to miss the last seven games of the Rams’ season. The experience has made him thankful for his health these days. “I’m just thankful that I’ve gotten through it with my family and now I’ve got the chance to play college ball.” … He’ll remember Friday nights in front of the crowd at Cleveland most from his football days, along with coach Marc Morris’ pregame speeches and “the sound of coach Travis Gaster yelling at me from the sideline.” … He wants to improve his footwork and speed before college.

Cleveland coach Marc Morris: “The fact that Cardell has earned a college scholarship is just a testament to his work ethic and dedication. He went down and worked out for the Wingate coaches and really impressed them. When we lost him on defense it really changed our football team.”

Compiled by D. Clay Best

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