Jordan Lacey

Cold Springs' Jordan Lacey is pictured.

Jordan Lacey is heading north.

The Cold Springs football standout recently pledged his commitment to Maryville College in Tennessee, where he'll join coach Shaun Hayes and the Division III Fighting Scots this fall.

Maryville competes in the USA South Conference with Huntingdon.

"I'm very blessed to receive this opportunity," Lacey said. "It's something I've been working toward for a long time. It's an amazing location, a place that's close to home."

Lacey produced a strong senior season as the top defensive player for the Eagles.

He recorded 123 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two sacks and one interception.

In addition to being a first-team selection on the All-County Football Team, the talented linebacker was also an honorable mention on the Class 2A All-State Football Team.

Cold Springs coach Justin Cornelius had nothing but positive things to say about Lacey.

"We are very proud of him for earning this opportunity to play college football," he said. "He spent the offseason between his junior and senior seasons preparing for this moment. He's one of the hardest-working athletes that I have ever been around. He went from being a good ballplayer his junior season to being a gamechanger his senior season. His character and work ethic are sky high. Carrying those attributes with him to Maryville will represent his family, friends and the Cold Springs community very well. I am so proud of the things that he has accomplished this year and am excited to watch the next step in life unfold."

As for Lacey, he's certainly going to miss suiting up for the Eagles on Friday nights.

He is, however, thrilled about his chance to play college football and the exciting road ahead.

"Cold Springs has prepared me a lot," Lacey said. "I'm ready to see what I can do (at Maryville), see if I translate everything I've learned to the next level."

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at​

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