Saints' duo to join teammate

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DUDLEY – Aces Elite Sports Academy might consider changing its colors to red, white and blue – for at least one, maybe two seasons.

The prep program will have three Southern Wayne players on its football roster in the fall. Wadshon Pierre-Louis and Joshua McCullen became the latest editions last Friday when they officially announced their intentions to attend the North Carolina school.

They’ll join Eric Beard, who committed to the academy last month.

“It’s going to be great for me because I’ve got friends there and we can all work together,” McCullen said. “I won’t feel homesick. I think it will help a lot tremendously.”

Each a multi-sport athlete, Pierre-Louis and McCullen played multiple positions for the Saints during their varsity careers.

Pierre-Louis starred on the offensive side of the ball and earned all-Quad County 3A Conference honors. He was named the team’s Most Valuable Player during a recent athletics award ceremony.

McCullen shined at linebacker.

“There’s nothing you can’t ever improve on,” said a confident McCullen, whose interested in either sports science or physical therapy. “You have to work on the small things because the small things help get to the big things. I need to work on my strength, my power and getting off linemen cleaner using faster footwork.

“It’s college ball and everybody is good. I need to come with my ‘A’ game.”

Versatility and dedication are Pierre-Louis’ calling cards.

He received all-QCC accolades and led the team in pins during wrestling season. In outdoor track, he was named most improved by head coach Ronnie McClary Jr.

Unlike the outspoken McCullen, however, Pierre-Louis feels he needs a good dose of confidence despite his success in three grinding sports that test an athlete both mentally and physically.

“I don’t know why I lack confidence, really … can’t explain it,” Pierre-Louis said. “Wrestling helps you get through life in general and with me being fit playing so many sports, I won’t be as tired as a one-sport guy.”

After leaving the academy, Pierre-Louis wants to attend a four-year university and obtain a degree in education. He hopes to become a physical education teacher and join a coaching staff — maybe return to his alma mater.

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