Two of Wayne County High School’s star football players recently confirmed their college scholarship opportunities. Lorenzo Linsey and Stetson Simpson announced their intention recently with their families.
“Both of these young men are leaders both on and off the football field. They both work really hard,” said Cardinal Football Coach Shawn Thompson. “They have helped put our program where it is now and I’m very glad for them to represent Wayne County on their next journey.
Quarterback Lorenzo Linsey will be attending the prestigious Georgetown University, near Washington D.C. where he will play for the Georgetown Hoyas. Lorenzo is the first recruit from Wayne County to attend that prestigious school where he will be receiving a full ride, amounting to approximately $70,000 a year to attend.
“He is a very smart young man,” said Cardinal Football Coach Shawn Thompson. Linsey will graduate with 32 college classes while still in high school and has a 4.2 grade point average. He will graduate with honors, as well as College and Career Ready. He has followed the Health career pathway at high school and will become a Human Science major at Georgetown in order to pursue his dream of getting onto physical therapy school.
He experienced an impressive record of 38-6 as a starter. He was named player of the year for the 4A District 6 in 2017-18. He accumulated 6,000 yards passing for his career, which places him second overall for passing in the history of the Cardinal Football program.
“He will represent Wayne County really well and is a great young man,” said Coach Thompson.
Linsey’s long list of football achievements include: Class of the Commonwealth that names the top 25 players in the state, AP Honorable Mention Quarterback, Second Team Coaches Poll, and starting quarterback in the Border Bowl on the Kentucky Team, which defeated the Tennessee Team this year.
Cardinal Football athlete Stetson Simpson will be going to school a little closer to home. He has a scholarship to Campbellsville College.
Simpson’s list of football accomplishments includes: owning the school record for 241 receiving yards for a single game, winning both the Best of Blue Grass and Border Bowl games, Honorable Mention for All-State Wide Receiver, and over 1,000 yards receiving this year.
“I’m looking forward to going to Campbellsville,” said Simpson, who will be playing football for the Campbellsville Tigers. “Everyone here at the high school has helped me. I feel like I am prepared to go to college.”
He was in the Future Business Leaders of America for four years and competed at the regional level.
He will be graduating Business Career Ready. He wants to go into athletic training, coupled with a minor in Business. “I want to have my own place and help kids who are struggling with injuries and how to get them me back on the field.”
Stetson said he is thankful for the business pathway he has participated in and is looking forward to gaining experience from a professional team in a future work-study college partnership.
These players were three time regional champions and two time district champions while playing for the Cardinals.
“We all became brothers. We’ll stay close throughout our lives as we go on,” said Simpson. “Coach Thompson helped me throughout the years both on and off the field in many ways.”
Friends and family attend the signing
Lorenzo signing with Georgetown University
Lorenzo with his brother Raymone and his mother Tina Linsey
Stetson Simpson signing as his family looked on
Stetson and his parents Andrew Simpson and Brittany Pyles and brother Carson
Stetson and Lorenzo
Lorenzo Linsey, Coach Shawn Thompson, and Stetson Simpson
Back Row (L-R); Jacob Wright, Barrett Hutchinson, Kobe Brumley, Brett Massengale, Riley Woods, Lane Turner, German Ruiz, Ethan Clark, Grant Shoemaker
Front Row (L-R); Lorezno Linsey and Stetson Simpson