King’s Fork football coach Joe Jones stands proudly with his players, Marquell Hart, Uriah Adams and JaQuon Diggs, who announced plans to continue on the gridiron in college on Thursday.
King’s Fork football coach Joe Jones stands proudly with his players, Marquell Hart, Uriah Adams and JaQuon Diggs, who announced plans to continue on the gridiron in college on Thursday.

Bulldogs pursue college gridiron

Published 11:17pm Friday, May 16, 2014

King’s Fork High School proudly announced the college plans of four of its gridiron stars during a ceremony in the school’s Black Box Theater on Thursday.

Uriah Adams will play for Hampton University, JaQuon Diggs will walk on at Virginia State University, Marquell Hart will play for Bluefield College and Austin Wall will kick for The Apprentice School.

“These four guys — couldn’t be more proud of them,” Bulldogs head coach Joe Jones said. “They’ve worked hard, and now they’ve earned this opportunity.

Uriah Adams will attend HU on a partial football scholarship, where he will switch sides of the ball, playing safety as opposed to quarterback.

“I’ve been getting looked at by them since last year. It just seemed like it was right. My cousin was going there, my aunt works there,” he said. “It’s really good for networking. So, it’s just not about football at this point, it’s about getting a degree and being able to network after that.”

Adams plans to major in human resource management.

He is a four-year letterman in football, received first team all-conference and second team all-region honors this past season and made the all-district second team as a junior.

Defensive back/wide receiver JaQuon Diggs has been talking to some of the coaches at Virginia State and feels good about this chances of making the team.

He explained how he chose the school.

“I had a few other schools that I could have went to, but I kind of wanted to go somewhere where I would also kind of be able to enjoy myself, but also, as well, get a good education,” he said. “We had players that played last year that went there, and they said it’s a good atmosphere.”

Diggs plans to major in sports management.

He is a two-year letterman in football.

Marquell Hart, who received a football scholarship, said he was recruited by Bluefield as an offensive guard, but will be playing defensive end.

“A lot of schools were showing me interest, but they just seemed like the right type of school for me to go to,” he said. “It’s one I can avoid bad company. It just seems like the right type of setting.”

Hart plans to major in marine biology.

He is a four-year letterman in football. This past season, he was named to the all-conference first team as a defensive lineman, the all-conference second team as an offensive lineman and received all-region honorable mention.

Austin Wall was not able to attend the ceremony due to his work schedule, but Jones said the Apprentice School coach saw Wall’s game-saving performance in the regional quarterfinal and was sold.

Jones said Wall plans to attend the Apprentice School for two years and transfer to Old Dominion University to get a degree in engineering.

He is a three-year letterman in football and became the first player in school history to be named to the all-state first team this past season.

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