COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Red Tornadoes’ Chisholm to play at Averett University

Published Tuesday, April 24th, 2018

A.J. Chisholm (front row, second from left), shown with his parents, sibling and coaches, will play NCAA Division III football next season at Averett University in Danville, Va./HICKORY PUBLIC SCHOOLS PHOTO

HICKORY – Hickory High’s A.J. Chisholm will continue his football career next season by playing at Averett University in Danville, Va.

Chisholm will pursue a degree in business at Averett, an NCAA Division III school that plays in the USA South conference and was 6-4 last season.

In his last season at Hickory, he had two receptions for 14 yards, threw one incomplete pass, caught a 9-yard scoring pass against Newton-Conover and blocked a punt for a safety against McDowell.

“A.J. has been a special part of Hickory High football for four years,” said HHS head coach Russell Stone said in a Hickory Public Schools press release. “He has a special knack for being in the right place at the right time. I am very grateful to A.J. for his help in my transition, the fourth head coach during his high school football career.

“I asked A.J. to change positions and sacrifice to make the 2018 Red Tornadoes winners. Whether he was making a key sack, forcing a fumble, blocking a kick or throwing a block, A.J. was a key part of the exciting turn around Hickory High football experienced last fall.

“I am anxious to see A.J. grow as a player and as a man at Averett University. I am so happy to see him get this opportunity!”

Chisholm, who played left defensive end for the Red Tornadoes, said the campus at Averett attracted him.

“It’s a beautiful campus and I believe I will be a part of something great that will help me to become a better man,” he said in the press release.

Chisholm began playing football at age 6.

“I have played a lot of different positions and through every position and challenge, I have learned that even if you’re behind, you have to keep going hard, going forward,” he said.

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