Miranda H. Lewis
Carter County Times
Warmer weather, longer days, beautiful flowers coming into bloom and, of course, the signing period for high school athletes who intend to continue their sports careers in college.
For East Carter’s Connor Skaggs there is no better way to embrace the turning of the seasons than to finalize his commitment to play football with the University of the Cumberlands.
“They have a great campus, and I really enjoyed the environment,” Skaggs said of his commitment to the Patriots. “They worked with us in ensuring that it would be affordable for my family.’
Skaggs is a multi-sport athlete, having played football, basketball and baseball while in high school.
He was dominant this past season being named to Second Team All-Area and EKC Honorable Mention.
Skaggs has played football for eleven years and said his love for the game began when he first played the sport in kindergarten.
Since then, he shared, he has always dreamed of playing football at the collegiate level.
He will certainly be at the right place for it in Williamsburg.
This past season, the Patriots set a record for ten single game sacks in their win over Campbellsville.
“I am looking forward to making lifetime friendships with my teammates,” said Skaggs of what he is most looking forward to about playing football at the next level. “I want to work hard to make myself a better athlete, teammate and a child of God.”
He will take with him advice from East Carter offensive line coach Richard Fraley.
“If there is anything I want or a dream that I am chasing, there is nothing and no one that can stop me from achieving it besides me,” said Skaggs of his most memorable advice from Fraley.
Aside from football, he plans to pursue a career in sports medicine and work his way toward becoming a physical therapist.