Haywood to Play Football at Hendrix

Thursday, May 15, 2014
Those on hand as Nick Haywood signed his letter of intent to attend Hendrix College included, from left: Front-Kalee Haywood, Rick Haywood, Nick, Donna Haywood and Shirley Haywood. Back-Jim Poole, Paula O. Blackwell, Michael Harrell and David Hendrix

With family, friends and supporters gathered around, Mohawk running back Nick Haywood signed a letter of intent Thursday, May 8 to attend classes and play football at Hendrix College in Conway. A large crowd gathered in the PHS library for the announcement, as the talented Haywood laid the foundation for the next several years of his life as he will become a Hendrix Warrior.

Joining Haywood for the signing ceremony were his parents, Donna and Rick Haywood, his grandmother, Shirley Haywood, his sister, Kalee Haywood, Mohawk coaches David Hendrix, Michael Harrell and Shawn Hearn, school administrators Charlie Powell, Barry DeHart, Brock Swann and Amber Harrell, family supporters Paula O. Blackwell and Jim Poole of Piggott State Bank, Mohawk football announcer Chris Roberts, businessman and family support Chuck Schulte, local photographer Frank Staples and members of both the junior and senior high football teams.

Following the signing ceremony Haywood told those on hand how much he appreciated them attending, thanked them for their help and noted how much he would miss them. "I'm very excited and a little nervous to be making this next step in life, but I'm anxious to get out there on the football field and become a Hendrix Warrior," Haywood offered. "Every time I go out onto the football field I will think of my time as a Piggott Mohawk, and about all of you."

Preparing to take his game to the next level has been no easy task, as Haywood has continued to work out every day. He has also attended football camps at ASU, UCA, Henderson, Ouachita, Arkansas Tech. and Harding. Haywood also attended combines at Memphis and Nashville, and took part in the Ultimate 100 camp in Texas and the Top Prospect Camp in Oklahoma.

During his time as a member of the Mohawks he was selected to the 3A-3 All-Conference team two years in a row, and was named to the KAIT Region 8 Football Superteam.

In making his decision Nick also made four official visits to schools, including Quincy University, Harding University, Lyon College and Hendrix College. He was also offered the opportunity to walk-on at SEMO, Arkansas Tech., Henderson State University and Southern Arkansas University. As a member of the NCSA, Haywood was afforded the chance to be contacted by numerous schools from all divisions. His profile may be found by searching "NCSA, Nick Haywood."

The Hendrix coaching staff has indicated Haywood will be working out as both a linebacker and fullback, and will likely see playing time very soon.

Haywood noted this was the hardest decision he has ever had to make, noting his took into consideration if his chosen major was offered, the school location, atmosphere, cost of attending school and, of course, the football program. His future plans call for a major in kinesiology, with an eye toward becoming a strength and conditioning coach for a college program. He also noted he'd like to possibly further his education in the future, gaining his Master's in athletic training and a Doctorate in physical therapy.

Based on Haywood's past performance on the gridiron, Hendrix College has gained a strong and versatile Warrior, who can line-up on either side of the football, as the storied Mohawk football program has generated yet another talented player.

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