Former Holmes Community College running back Cameryn Brent of Lawrenceville, Ga. signed a national letter of intent today with Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va.
Brent was a member of two successful football programs at Holmes which finished 13-6. Holmes finished 7-3 his freshman year and was the Graphic Edge Bowl Champions and finished this season with a record of 6-3 just missing out on the MACJC playoffs and a possible bowl game. The Bulldogs led the nation in rushing with 368 yards per game.
As a sophomore, Brent finished the regular season as the NJCAA's leading rusher in numerous categories. At the end of the season, he still remained tops in yards per game (152.6) and yards per carry (7.1) and was third in total rushing yards (1,373) and fifth in rushing touchdowns with 15.
"It's a bitter-sweet feeling," Brent said of having the recruiting process over. "I'm glad, and I thank God for giving me another opportunity to play football. I had a great career at Holmes, and I'm looking forward to my next journey at Norfolk State.
"I'm ready to break records. I'm ready to have the same impact that I had my sophomore year at Holmes in my first year at Norfolk. Preparation wise I'm working out, trying to get bigger, stronger and faster and accomplish every goal that I've set for myself."
The Spartans run the spread offense with a one-back set. He will continue to carry the ball but expects to play slot receiver some and also return kicks. "I'll be doing a lot more with the ball," he said. "I've got a work load I'm having to get ready for."
"Norfolk State felt like home," Brent explained of his decision to sign with Norfolk State, a member of the MEAC and who finished 4-7 this season. "I told my dad when I was a kid that I loved Virginia, and I love the atmosphere. They are probably 15 minutes from Virginia Beach. I'm only two hours from my father. It's like a dream come true to play at a Division I school and be only two hours from my father, and he can make a majority of the games. Even when I got to school they embraced me, and I felt the brotherhood. Everything about the place was good."
Brent is proud he chose Holmes for his first two years. "Holmes was really a blessing in disguise," Brent said. "My freshman year I didn't start so coming from a situation where I was a star in high school it was a humbling experience.
"It was the best thing that could have happened to me," he said. "I had to learn that it's more than what you do on the field. You have to apply yourself in the classroom, watching film and in practice every day. Going into my sophomore year my logic had to be slightly adjusted. I wasn't expecting to have the sophomore season I had. Praying and keeping God first was important. I ended up leaving Holmes with a 3.0. I didn't leave any gray areas and gave it my all.
"I listened to what they told and became coachable. With those combinations it just happened especially with the O-Line we had. I know I'm a talented running back, but with the offensive line we had, it was just amazing. After I passed the first level it was like God was blocking down field. I felt like it was my job to break tackles and complement my offensive line on how hard they work. I'm ready for whatever now. I'm just thankful."