By Chris Slone
March 3, 2014
Most high school athletes will never get the opportunity to take their talents to the next level. Even fewer athletes have the chance to attend the college of their choice.
Fortunately for Jerrid Speck, he was interested in attending Mount St. Joseph throughout his recruitment process and that interest was recpricoted as Speck has signed with the Lions.
Speck is excited about his new opportunity but the former West football player is holding on to his roots.
“I’m excited to go play at the Mount and represent Portsmouth West High School in the best way I know how, by showing west side pride on the field for Mount Saint Joseph … ,” Speck said in an email to the Daily Times.
Speck played on the offensive line for the Senators. Former West coach Merril Triplett believes Speck has the tools to succeed on the football field.
“He’s an offensive blocking maching,” Triplett said. “He was our go to guy when we needed a yard. If he locks on to you, you know your blocked. He’s very strong, a very dedicated kid. He’s a great technician.”
Triplett touts the First-team SOC selection as a person who prepares himself as well as anyone before a football game.
“He’s a great practice player,” Triplett said. “During the week, when he was out there at practice, he gave it is all. That is what you want out of a kid. They have to be great practice players before they can be great game players and he is an excellent, excellent practice player.”
Aside from being a terrific practice player, Speck has a 3.4 grade-point average. Speck is preparing to enter the health-care profession when he attends college, which he will begin in August. Speck plans on becoming a nurse.
Triplett has no reservations about the kind of person Speck is and he knows his former player is a high-character kid.
“He’s a good kid,” Triplett said. “He is a no-nonsense kid. You won’t have to worry about him having bad habits like smoking or drinking. He’s a real serious kid about life.”
Speck attributes his opportunity to his coaches and his family.
“I wouldn’t be anywhere without my coaches and my family,” Speck said. “They have pushed me to be the best I can be and to always give anything I do my all. I will never quit and will succeed and excel in any obstacle presented to me.”
Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.