Wayne County senior Barrett Hutchinson has signed to continue his football career at the University of the Cumberlands. Hutchinson inked his name on the official paperwork during a signing ceremony held December 19 at Wayne County High School.
Hutchinson, at 6'2 325, is a four-year varsity player for the Cardinals. He started the last 28 games of his high school career and became Wayne County's starting center in week five of his senior season. He is the son of Shannon and Jamie Hutchinson
Hutchinson has been an integral part of a team that has won three regional championships. The Cardinals have advanced to the state semifinals the past three seasons.
“We are proud of Barrett and the whole football team. Year in and year out you make us proud,” said Wayne County High School Principal Justin Alley at the signing ceremony. “I know the University of the Cumberlands is getting a great kid, and I look forward to seeing what he does on and off the field for the university.”
Wayne County Football Coach Shawn Thompson expressed his appreciation to the University of the Cumberlands and its coaching staff for giving kids from this county the opportunities that they have extended.
“Barrett has been a great kid participating in Youth League Football on up. He has been a lineman that has played guard for three years in high school. Then, we moved him to center this year and he did a great job for us. He helped make our offense better,” said Thompson.
University of the Cumberlands Football Coach Matt Rhymer commended Wayne County's football program. He noted that he always likes to come to Wayne County on Friday nights to watch a football game “because they have a great program. Coach Thompson does a great job with the kids and this program.”
The University of the Cumberlands, which is an NAIA school that competes in the Mid South Conference, just wrapped up a 6-4 season.
The Patriots will lose several seniors to graduation and Rhymer said that he is looking for some younger players to step in and fill the voids.
He stated that he likes Hutchinson's size, as well as his skills.
“He is a good student and he has great support from his family,”
“Barrett will be playing on the offensive line where that is a big need for us,” said University of the Cumberlands Assistant Coach James Donahue.
For Hutchinson, the University of Cumberlands is a good fit.
“I fit in really well. When I first stepped on the campus it gave me a feeling of home,” said Hutchinson. “Everything over there is first class, plus the coaching staff put together an awesome scholarship package with an awesome chance to compete. I had other offers, but nobody could beat what the University of the Cumberlands had to offer— academics, athletics, financially—you just can't beat it.”
Hutchinson said he is excited to see what the future holds for him as a Patriot.
“I'm extremely blessed. I want to thank my coaches for always teaching me right and not only making me a good football player, but also a good person off the field,” said Hutchinson. “I want to thank the coaching staff at the University of the Cumberlands for believing in me and giving me a chance to attend there and compete. Also a big thanks to my teammates. I've grown up around most of these guys my whole life and our bond that we have will never change. These guys have been through it all by my side and always have encouraging words. Thanks to the community for always being there and also being encouraging. Lastly, but definitely not least, my family. They were always there, always encouraging and always loving.”
Front Row: Jamie Hutchinson, Barrett Hutchinson, Shannon Hutchinson
Back Row: High School Principal Justin Alley, Football Coach Shawn Thompson, Assistant Football Coach Adam Chaplin, Athletic Director Kevin Jones
Barrett received congratulations from his teammates