Community Captain Nominee: J.R. Hemingway

When J.R. Hemingway announces his collegiate decision Thursday afternoon, the "winning" fan base will focus on the quality football player they are adding to their verbal commitment list. What they don't realize, however, is the all-around person their program is receiving.

"I have excelled as a student athlete, community role model for younger kids, brother, son, friend, and most importantly an all-around person," said Hemingway. "I also try to be a leader to my peers and teammates in the weight room, classroom, on the football field, basketball court, and on the track."

When Hemingway isn't scoring touchdowns or working on his grades, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound wide receiver is very active in his church and voluntarily carries elder's trash out to the curb. He plans to not only continue, but increase his voluntary work once in college.

"Probably just going to hospitals and seeing the kids, going out to the elderly and spending time with them, also," said Hemingway.

A member of the National Honors Society, Hemingway holds a 3.54 grade point average. His positive academic habits were developed from observing his older sister.

"The way she was in high school – her worth ethic," said Hemingway. "She was always on the honor roll, National Honors Society, Spanish Honors Society – I mean everything. Her work ethic and everything taught me how to study and become a great player and a great student."

A four-star recruit, Hemingway is the 12th ranked wide receiver and 95th ranked prospect in the nation by

As a junior at Conway (S.C.) High School, Hemingway caught 52 passes for 846 yards and ten touchdowns. He also added 276 yards and a touchdown on returns. On defense, Hemingway picked off four passes returning one for a touchdown.

Excelling as a player, student, and – more importantly – a person, has earned Hemingway a nomination to become a "Carolina Panthers Community Captain."

"[If I got selected], it would mean how I am around my community is being recognized," said Hemingway. "It would let other people know what I have accomplished."

The "Carolina Panthers Community Captains" program will honor outstanding student-athletes that have exhibited outstanding leadership on the football field, in the classroom and in their communities. The first Community Captain will be announced on September 10th.

Thursday afternoon, Hemingway will announce his collegiate decision between Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Miami, Florida, and South Carolina.

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