WATCH | Trojans’ Brogdon eager to catch touchdowns on Ouachita Baptist, signs with Henderson State

Hot Springs World Class High School senior T.J. Brogdon signs his letter of intent to play college football for the Henderson State Reddies on Wednesday. (The Sentinel-Record/Donald Cross)
Hot Springs World Class High School senior T.J. Brogdon signs his letter of intent to play college football for the Henderson State Reddies on Wednesday. (The Sentinel-Record/Donald Cross)

Hot Springs World Class High School senior T.J. Brogdon signed his letter of intent to play college football for the Henderson State Reddies, Wednesday.

Trojans head coach Darrell Burnett had four young men sign to different colleges at the ceremony held at the indoor practice facility.

"T.J. Brogdon, you have to stay on him but he is a good kid," Burnett said of Brogdon. "He gets down on himself, he just does not know how great of a young man he is."

Brogdon put pen to paper and signed his letter of intent while the crowd cheered. He said he was excited to be a Reddie.

"Yes I am," he said. "It has been a great time here but I want to go to the next level. I feel like I can grow and just be something different."

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The wide receiver said his family was excited for him to receive an offer. He explained his recruitment.

"OK, so when we first started the recruiting process, I really did not think I was going to get as many offers as I did get, but coach told me to be patient and make sure I am still doing what I am supposed to do," he said. "It is all going to land in place."

Burnett said Brogdon had an offer from the division I level at University of Tennessee-Martin.

Brogdon recounted a highlight from his senior season during a game against De Queen.

"My kick return (for a touchdown). I got a kick return; I did not think I was going to get it and then once I got it, I thought he tackled me but I stayed on my feet. And then my teammates just made the way for me and then we scored," he said.

Burnett compared and contrasted Brogdon's talents for the next level.

"Speed, you cannot coach speed," the head coach said. "You cannot coach play-making ability neither. You cannot coach being dynamic. If he gets the ball in his hands, it is a touchdown waiting to happen. He is about 165 pounds right now. I guarantee you they are probably going to want him at about 180 pounds. The biggest thing with him is going to be the weight room."

Brogdon will suit up as a Reddie under head coach Scott Maxfield. Burnett played college football at Henderson State. He said Brogdon's commitment to be a Reddie was special to him.

"Maxfield's biggest thing is he is not trying to get you too big," Burnett said. "He is going to make sure you can take that college pounding. I will give him a B or a B plus right now on his hands. In college you are fixing to have to get (hands) to an A. A -- because you are fixing to have to catch a lot of balls in traffic and contested balls. You are no longer playing against high school d-backs no more. Everybody is legit."

Brogdon said all of the Trojan coaches helped him be a better player.

"Not just one but all of the coaches made me better," the speedster said. "Making sure I am at school, making sure I am in the weight room, making sure I am keeping my weight up, making sure I am keeping my speed up and making sure I am a good dude overall."

Burnett said there is a little known fact about Henderson State.

"They sent three receivers to the league (NFL). They are playing in the league right now," he said.

Brogdon signed alongside teammate and future Ouachita Baptist University rival defensive end Kendall Williams. Brogdon said he and Williams are pumped about the rivalry.

"He already knows what it is. We talk about this every day. I feel like we are going to beat them," said Brogdon.

As a fun kick-start to their rivalry, Williams and Brogdon arm wrestled as their teammates cheered them on. Williams won after a continued stalemate.

STATS

1,200 recieving yards season

78.2 yards per game average

19 total touchdowns season

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