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Hennon commits to St. Francis University

Feb. 17—Laurel High's Ben Hennon is taking his expertise as a running back to St. Francis University.

Hennon made his commitment to the Red Flash on Feb. 7.

"What really sold me was the program and the coaches," Hennon said. "They seem like great coaches. The program is really nice, I loved the campus and everything was awesome when I went.

"The size (of the campus) really sold me. I liked how everything was close and all the school buildings were in one area and not spread out."

Hennon said playing for a Division I team has been a dream of his.

"I worked hard to get here," he said. "It's nice to see all of my hard work pay off."

That hard work is what Laurel coach Brian Cooper attributed to Hennon's dream being fulfilled.

"He's a hard worker. He pushes himself in everything he does in the classroom and on the field," Cooper said. "That work ethic is what gave him this opportunity."

Hennon was one of three seniors on Laurel's roster this year, producing 1,088 rushing yards with nine touchdowns.

"Having only three seniors made it a hard senior year for him," Cooper said. "At the same time, he did a great job not only being our vocal leader but leading by example and pushing himself in the weight room and the classroom. As a young man, it says a lot about his attributes and why he's going to be successful later in life."

Hennon said he was talking to St. Francis' football coaches during the summer and finally meeting them was nice. He also knows a familiar face on the team.

"I know Luke Edwards who plays running back as well," Hennon said. "The team seemed great overall. (Luke) played at Wilmington and we trained at JDS Fitness and Grossetti (Performance)."

Hennon commented that the football program at St. Francis is heading in the right direction when viewing its weight room and facilities offered.

What can the Red Flash expect to get out of Hennon?

"They can expect to get a very hard-working player who is willing to do whatever it takes to win and succeed," Hennon replied.

Hennon said he is planning to major in exercise physiology, but may change to business and marketing.

cpattison@ncnewsonline.com