FAIRMONT — Jahmon Sinclair has one thing on his mind as he prepares to head to Methodist University this fall to play college football.
“I’m just ready to get out there and sack the quarterback,” the Fairmont senior said with a smile.
Sinclair, a defensive end and outside linebacker during his prep years with the Golden Tornadoes, made his commitment to the Monarchs official on Thursday during a signing ceremony.
Surrounded by family, Sinclair said he looks forward to making that short drive to Fayetteville.
“It was a good decision for the family because it’s close to home,” he said. “They have a real good program at Methodist. It’s truly a blessing to get the opportunity to go up there.”
The Monarchs went 3-6 last season, including a 2-4 mark in the USA South Conference. Following his final season with Fairmont, Sinclair said he talked with linebackers coach Maurice Hart about joining the team at Methodist.
“Coach Hart gave me the opportunity. He saw something in me and he gave me the chance to come up there and work hard,” he said. “After they looked at my film, they liked my pass-rushing (ability) and I can definitely be a quick fit in their defensive schemes and bring some pressure off the edge.”
Reflecting on his time at Fairmont, Sinclair said he’s grateful for now-former coach Mark Heil, who retired following last season. The Golden Tornadoes finished with an 8-5 mark in Heil’s second and final season with the program.
“Coach Heil taught me discipline, character, how to carry myself on and off the field and how to always be respectful and keep God first,” Sinclair said. “He taught me to always keep that faith and it’ll work out for the best.”
The Monarchs open the season on Aug. 31 at Campbell.
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