To be part of the Memorial Titans football team, players must process a lot of information at high speed.
Titans linebacker Jayden Fisher and lineman David Wells represent this mentality as students of Wilson Early College. Both said they wanted to make sure their future after the final whistle would be in good hands.
Each day, the two players drive across town for lessons and then head to Memorial High School for football practice.
Wells said he felt a sense of accomplishment playing college football and attending college early on.
“No one really understands what it takes,” he said. “The course isn’t easy, but if you really put in the effort, it’s not that hard. The only real problem is the timing. Going from here to the Seawall to come back here near the mall can be tricky.
This tenacity is a defining characteristic for the Titans. Wells also has high expectations of her family. His sister was a salutatorian.
“My sister was a straight student,” he said. “I’m not held to that standard, but it sets the bar high. I try to be on it as much as I can.
Wells wants to graduate from high school with her associate degree, which is one of the benefits of the first college program.
“I also want to graduate with at least one official offer (to play college football),” he said. “I want to go to college like my sister did. As my parents did not finish it, I want to be the man of my family to go to university.
Wells said he would like to be a marine biologist or an engineer.
Fisher has always been into sports and added that his mother pushed him to devote as much, if not more, time to academics.
“She forced it on me,” he said. “She made sure that if my grades weren’t good, I didn’t play any kind of sport. They wouldn’t allow any C’s. Growing up I was all A’s and B’s. I’ve been slipping a bit lately. Math is my best subject. I don’t really like it, but I’ve always been good at it. »
Fisher said he really noticed the difference with high school math when he didn’t struggle with certain subjects that other students found difficult.
“Algebra 2 was really easy for me,” he said. “Right now, I really like lifespan and human development.”
The linebacker said he wanted to go to college to become an engineer.
“I haven’t decided yet whether it will be chemical or mechanical,” he said.
Fisher said he hadn’t really struggled to balance school and sports, but admitted he sometimes had to stop and focus on school.
“I focus too much on sports sometimes,” he said. “I slack off in the notes. I will see my grades and I will know that I have to concentrate.
Memorial head coach Brian Morgan said the football program has been fortunate to have players who can handle the demands of college play and a heavy academic load.
“It has been an advantage for guys who are academically advanced and can achieve this. They can finish with a two-year degree,” Morgan said. “We just want to try to give our guys options. Obviously football in Port Arthur is very important if you want to play college football, but we also want to give them something on the academic side. Some of our athletes take advantage of this.