Wetumpka All-State running back Crenshaw inks with MVSUPublished 11:30am Thursday, March 6, 2014
Charlie Crenshaw culminated his stellar prep career Thursday morning by inking a letter of intent to play football for Mississippi Valley State University next fall.
In a standing-room only ceremony, the 2013 Class 6A All-State and The Wetumpka Herald First-Team senior running back signed with the Delta Devils over several other suitors.
“I have a great feeling right now because my community is behind me in full support,” Crenshaw said. “People are telling me they’re coming to the games. Mississippi Valley feels just like home; it feels just like Wetumpka. It’s not a big place. It feels exactly like where I’m supposed to be.”
Similarities in Wetumpka and Itta Bena, Miss. were only part of the reason, Crenshaw said he chose the Southwestern Athletic Conference school. First-year Delta Devil head coach Rick Comegy, who’s won the Football Championship Subdivision National Championship with another SWAC school Tuskegee, will run an offense similar to that of the Indians.
“It’ll help me a lot because he said he’s going to try to get me in some open space and make things happen,” Crenshaw said. “I’m best in open space.
“(Comegy) said I have the opportunity to play. If I can come, get a few pounds on me, he said I could be a big playmaker for the team. The coach, everywhere he’s went, he’s been a winner and hopefully I can help win some games.”
Leading Wetumpka to the second round of the AHSAA Class 6A playoffs, Crenshaw amassed 2,004 all-purpose yards – 1,419 on the ground – and scored 25 total touchdowns. Crenshaw said the bond of the senior class made his senior season and the rest of his career memorable.
“It was special because I enjoyed most of my sporting days with my team,” he said. “We had great bonds and my senior class, we stuck there together. I had a great experience here at Wetumpka High School.”
But Crenshaw said he wouldn’t be in the position to sign a scholarship without the support from his parents, who will drive 285 miles one-way to see their son play on Saturdays.
“My dad and mom have been there for me every game,” Crenshaw said. “They haven’t missed a game since I was little. The only thing that they drill in my head is to give 100 percent in everything I do. My academics and football, and whatever I want to do, it’ll come to you.”
That mentality, Crenshaw said, has helped him get this far, but will drive him to reach his ultimate goal.
“Mississippi Valley is getting a hard worker on the field and in the classroom, especially in the classroom,” Crenshaw said. “I don’t go to college for football, I go to college to get a degree and that’s what I plan on coming out with.
“I’m just glad that they gave me the chance to come out there. Hopefully, I can produce and make big things happen.”