On the afternoon of March 10, St. Michael senior Ethan Hames signed his college letter of intent to play football for Mississippi College.
A tri-sport athlete, Hames is rather new to the game of football having only begun playing his freshman year of high school for the Warriors. His athletic goal entering high school was to solely play baseball, but that changed after his veteran football friends encouraged him to join the team. “I wanted to give it a try, but I knew it was a rough sport. I have played soccer my entire life, so I figured kicking would be a good option for me,” shares Hames. “I knew as a kicker I would have a lower chance at getting hurt, and that way I could still play my other sports.”
Hames has played for the St. Michael baseball team and soccer team, as well as the football team throughout his high school years. He has lettered in all three sports and was named an All-District football kicker twice.
Hames gives credit to St. Michael for allowing him the opportunity to pursue multiple athletic avenues during his high school career. As a starter on three different teams, Hames says he is grateful for the chance to prove himself as an athlete in all three sports. “There are opportunities at this school to grow athletically, not just academically. If you can prove your work ethic, then you are given the opportunity to play. Show the coaches you are determined and that they can count on you and they will let you to play the game,” he emphasizes. “From sophomore year on, I was a starter on the football team because the SMHS coaching staff trusted me to perform.”
St. Michael head football coach Joey Sanchez says that Hames was willing to put in the work from the first day he stepped onto the field his freshman year. “Ethan is a prime example of how hard work pays off,” mentions Coach Sanchez. “Ethan’s work ethic in the weight room and the practice field is tremendous. He committed to bettering himself by attending numerous camps which have helped him develop into a top-notch placekicker in a short amount of time. Ethan’s future is bright. The specialized coaching he will receive at the college level along with his work ethic will help Ethan reach his full potential as an outstanding placekicker.”
Though he was not sure which sport he would end up playing in college, Hames says he always imagined how it would feel to play at a higher level. “It has been a dream of mine since I was young; not many athletes make it to the next level, but now it is real, and I am definitely excited about it,” he says.
Hames shares that he plans to major in sports management because he wants to stay involved in athletics and learn the business side of the industry. He says he is most looking forward to becoming a collegiate football player and seeing his childhood dream unfold in real life.