By Andrew Edwards
Another Stanhope Elmore High football player has signed to play at the next level.
On Thursday afternoon, Kaleb Stokes signed with Morehouse College in Atlanta to play football for the next four years.
“I’m so thankful for the opportunity that Morehouse College has given me. I couldn’t be where I am right now without the help of God, my family, and my teammates,” Stokes said.
Stokes, a senior defensive lineman for the Mustangs, joins a long list of players that Head Football Coach Brian Bradford has sent to the next level.
“There’s a lot of hard work that goes into signing a college scholarship. Kaleb has done the work. He started by doing an outstanding job in the classroom, culminating to a fantastic ACT score. He also put in the work that has made him desirable to college recruits,” Bradford said.
“Kaleb is one heck of a competitor, and we are very, very excited for him.”
Kaleb’s father and Mustang’s head basketball coach, Kelvin Stokes, sat beside his son and heaped praise upon him.
“As a dad and as a father, I am so proud to see this young man succeed in life,” Stokes said.
“Kaleb has had to overcome adversity and other obstacles to get to this moment. I just told him to trust in God, trust in himself, and to keep following the process. Be humble. Be patient. And if you do that, good things will follow.”
The Stokes family has a history of sending players to the next level. Kaleb follows his brother, KJ Stokes, who signed with Purdue back in December of 2017.
“This moment is just so special for me,” Kaleb said. “It’s something that I’m going to remember for forever.”