Former Holmes Community College linebacker Quindarrius Whitley of Inverness signed a national letter of intent today with Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La.
Whitley 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.
As a sophomore, Whitley finished with 66 tackles including one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. He was team's third leading tackler.
"Northwestern made felt at home and reminded me a lot of home," Whitley said of Northwestern State, a member of the Southland Conference who finished 4-7 this season. "I told the linebacker coach it felt like I left home to go home. They really want to help you and succeed in life. The people there give off the same environment as they coaches did at Holmes. They want to help you and see you succeed.
"I feel like it's a lot of stress off my shoulders," he said of having his decision done. "The recruiting season went by really fast, but it was a lot of stress and was exciting. Now that I know where I am going and have my decision I can breathe a sigh of relief now. I can be comfortable with knowing where I am going and where I'm headed."
Whitley enjoyed his time at Holmes. "As for my time at Holmes, I really enjoyed it. There's really not a lot to do, but it allowed you more time to focus on football and school.
"I got a chance to grow as a football player. I had a chance to grow as a man. Being there taught me a lot on how to grow up. I met some good people and friends with a lot of good people. It was really nice being there. Being there at Holmes taught me if I wanted anything out of life I had to work hard for it."
Whitley enjoyed the Graphic Edge Bowl his freshman season. "Going to Iowa was one of the most surreal things I've done in my life," Whitley said. "That was my first championship I've won and had a chance to do with some really great people and people I've still friends with today. I'm thankful for that and something I'll always remember."