Terrence Dingle (pictured) and Derek Melton have committed to Harding University. (February 19, 2014)
Teachers help students all the time. For Denbigh quarterback Terrence Dingle and safety Derek Melton, one helped make a college scholarship happen.
Two weeks after National Signing Day, Dingle and Melton both gave their commitment to Harding University, a Division II program in Searcy, Ark. Both plan to sign their letters-of-intent this week and fax it back to the school.
The two were contacted by Harding last week and took an official visit on Sunday and Monday.
“They’ve known about me for five days, and they didn’t waste any time offering me a scholarship,” Dingle said. “The coaching staff loved me and I feel like it will be a really good fit for me.”
A teacher at Denbigh, Tressa Tucker, send game film and transcripts to the school on their behalf. Dingle said she is a Harding graduate and a former cheerleader.
Dingle, who threw for 2,572 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior, was recruited as a quarterback. Harding runs a Wing-T offense and likes Dingle’s athleticism. He also led Denbigh in rushing with 679 yards and eight touchdowns.
“The quarterback they have, they say he’s good at making decisions but he’s not as athletic as I am,” Dingle said. “It’ll be a great opportunity. It’s something I can definitely do. It’ll be a big challenge, but once I get the hang of it, I know it’ll be no problem.”
Melton was hooked when he met his future teammates.
“The team is all love, like brothers,” said Melton, who had four career interceptions. “It’s like how we are at Denbigh. I really liked that.”
Melton was beginning to wonder if a scholarship offer would ever happen.
“I was really happy for my (teammates) who signed, but at the same time I was sad because I felt I should have been there, too,” he said. “This is a weight off my shoulders.”