High School Football News: The Dunbar Poets, better known as Factory Football, won their 12th state championship Dunbar’s trainer, Lawrence Smith, does not like this narrative One of his veteran players is helping change that perception while also inspiring his classmates.
Josh Fedd turned down 13 other offers to attend and play college football at Harvard, an Ivy League school better known for its academics than its athletics.
Fedd led Maryland high schools in sacks this season.
He wasn’t thinking about soccer when he made the college decision.
“When you tell someone you graduated from Harvard, it doesn’t matter what the grade or class is,” Fudd said. It’s “Oh, you went to Harvard?” “I want that for me in the workplace. I want that for me when I apply for a job because, in the grand scheme of things, football has to stop.”
Fedd’s head coach tells his players that playing soccer at Dunbar is “the way to go to college.”
Fedd has never lost a football game, has a perfect 27-0 record, and is a two-time state champion.
Off the soccer field, he averages 4.2 points and is the valedictorian of his class.
I received all kinds of university offers.
“Oh my God,” Fudd said. This is Davidson College, St. Francis University, Lehigh, Pennsylvania.
One of the main reasons Harvard is on the table, Fedeed said, is the director of the Dunbar School, Dr. Yetund Reeves.
“Once Dr. Reeves came here, she was able to take those honors classes, those AP classes, those dual enrollment classes,” Fudd said. “He was able to put someone like me in a position where he could get into Harvard.”
Fedd is the first football player to coach Lawrence Smith at Dunbar to go to an Ivy League school.
“I don’t like the fact that people think we’re a football factory,” Smith said. “I always tell guys we can win as many championships as we want, once you get off the court your parents don’t really care about that championship. Your parents want to know what’s next. You should want to know what’s next.”
“I kept pushing and pushing and pushing, just believing in myself, believing in what I could do to get to where I am,” Reid said. I have never had a real dream, but where I am, I can say that I am living one.”