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February 5, 2014

McPherson signs with Valparaiso



Despite any weather, McPherson fell in love with the campus and experience offered.

“It's a place where I could get a world class education and be able to play Division-I football,” McPherson said.

The JMA student-athlete said the Crusader coaching staff was “family oriented.”

Valparaiso defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Ernest Moore recruited McPherson and sent a message Wednesday. The coach said McPherson would fit nicely at the safety position for their college scheme.

“Vince has proven he can compete at the FCS level,” Moore said.

The defensive coach mentioned the JMA signee as “charismatic on the field.”

Valparaiso competes in the Pioneer Football League. The Crusaders struggled to a one-win season last year.

The new signee wants to alter that course.

“I'm not going up there to lose,” McPherson said. “Hopefully, we can go up and change things around.”

The newly minted college football player chose to spend his final two high school years at JMA. Coming from Washington County, he said the school made the transition easy.

“I came over and with Coach Wall we got right to business playing football,” McPherson said. “It was worth it coming over. He made me a better person and a better athlete.”

Wall said the JMA coaching staff wants to do everything possible to assist student-athletes with there collegiate athletic dreams.

“It's a pat on the back for the school and the football program,” he said. “We hope (McPherson) goes up there and shows out.”

The JMA senior plans to major in exercise science and possibly become a chiropractor.

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