ARCADIA - Sterling Weatherford, Hamilton Heights' senior, has signed a letter of intent to play football at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio this fall. Weatherford is among the 20 athletes from around the country to comprise the Redhawks 2017 Recruiting Class. Miami of Ohio is a Division 1 Institution and a member of the Mid-America Conference. He is the son of Tim and Cindie Weatherford.
Miami of Ohio's beautiful campus, respected engineering program, and competitive football program made this university Weatherford's top pick. "Most athletes looking to play at the collegiate level are often told to choose a school you would love to attend if you play a sport," said Sterling Weatherford, who plans to seek a degree in mechanical engineering. "Miami is that school. The bonus is an awesome coaching staff and The Athletic Performance Center, the new home of Miami football."
Weatherford, who was a member of Heights' football and basketball teams, has proved to be a strong student athlete. With a 4.128 GPA, he is ranked among the Top five percent of his class; is a member and officer of the National Honor Society, member and president of the Friends of FIAT Club, and involved with Heights' Spanish Club.
Some of his recognitions and accomplishments to the Hamilton Heights Huskies Football team over the course of his four-year career include helping take the team to a 29-14 record and three conference championships. Weatherford was named to the 2014 All Conference Football MIC, All Conference Football Hoosier Conference 2015 and 2016, Junior 3A All State, All Conference Basketball Hoosier Conference 2015, Bob Wettig All-Tournament Team 2015, and IFCA All State 2016 and Academic All State.
"Sports have been a major part of my life and I have dedicated many hours in the weight room and on the field practicing," Weatherford explained. "But I did not get to this point on my own. I give great credit to my coaches (Mitch Street, Chuck Reeves, John Kirchner, Jared Mills, Chad Ballenger, Don Jordan, and Ross Eckert), parents, older siblings and grandparents who have been with me all the way. They have molded me into everything I am and I owe them more than I can ever pay back."
"Sterling is one of those kids that coaches love to coach," said Mitch Street, Hamilton Heights Head Football Coach. "Not only does he do amazing things on the field, but I think Sterling is about as well-rounded as they come. He is a great student and young man to go along with his athletic abilities. I'm so happy to see Sterling join a program who cares not only about winning football games but building up young men. I think Coach Martin and his staff are getting a player who has his best football ahead of him, and will contribute positively on and off the field."
"Sterling is one of the few elite athletes who not only excels on the football field and basketball court, but academically, he is in the top 5% of his class," added Kurt Ogden, Hamilton Heights Athletic Director. On top of that, he is a very courteous and respectful young man who has represented his school and community extremely well. Miami University is respected as an 'academic' school so they are getting a student/athlete who will model everything they stand for. We wish Sterling well as he takes his talents to the next level."