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CHS senior to continue football career at WKU

Campbellsville High School senior Malachi Corley recently became the school’s first-ever athlete to sign a letter of intent to play football at Western Kentucky University.

 

Corley, who was a standout basketball and football player for the Eagles, will begin classes and training at WKU this fall.

 

He was recently honored in a special ceremony with family and friends.

 

CHS Principal Weston Jones said the day is a special one for Corley and his family.

 

Jones said he has known Corley for quite some time, and watched him grow into a fine young man.

 

“This is a much anticipated day,” Jones said.

 

“As you can see, there are tons of people here. He’s got a great support system.”

 

Jones said everyone at CHS is excited to see Corley continue his athletic and academic careers and have all wanted to know where he will attend college.

 

“I know he has worked tremendously hard,” Jones said. “Not only on the football field and in the weight room, but in the classroom as well.

 

“He’s the definition of a student athlete, and we are definitely proud of all his accomplishments.”

 

Jones said those at CHS have been blessed to know Corley and see him play.

 

Before announcing where he would attend school, Corley said he wants to thank God, his coaches for shaping him into the player he is today and his family members for their constant support.

 

“For the next four years, I will be attending Western Kentucky University,” Corley said.

 

CHS athletic director Tim Davis, who is also a former boys’ basketball head coach, said Corley is a very special athlete.

 

Davis said he often watched Corley and his brother, Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, do football drills together during the summer months, and then come in the gym and work on their basketball skills.

 

“Through hard work, and some God-blessed athleticism, too, he’s reached his point,” he said.

 

Davis said many CHS teachers have attended WKU and know its outstanding athletics programs.

 

“We’re very blessed and happy that he’s going somewhere close,” Davis said.

 

Dale Estes, the CHS football head coach, said it’s been a great four years, watching Corley grow from a young boy into a great young man.

 

“He’s worked to get to this level,” he said. “It didn’t come easy. He does have some God-given ability, that’s what Coach Davis said.

 

“But he set a goal a couple years ago that he wanted to play Division 1 football and he’s getting an opportunity to do that.”

 

Estes said Corley helped changed the culture of CHS football.

 

“He’s been a big part of the third and fourth regional championships in school history,” he said. “Because other teams knew they had to steam around No. 6 to stop the Campbellsville Eagles.”

 

Estes said Corley always came to work and did a great job.

 

“Campbellsville High School has been just a small part of your life,” he said.

 

“Now, the better are times are yet to come. Go down there, represent Campbellsville High School, go down there and be Malachi Corley. But even take it to another level.”

 

Estes said he and his other coaches love Corley, and appreciate all he has done for the Eagles.

 

Anthony Epps, who is the current boys’ basketball head coach and an assistant football coach, said this past season was the first he coached Corley as a basketball player.

 

“It’s been like a tug and a pull to each other,” Epps said. “Because I see a lot of [me in him] from when I played.”

 

Epps said Corley is always competing, and is the ultimate competitor.

 

“He hates to lose,” Epps said. “And that mentality, when he gets to college. The people in front of him better be prepared to work, because he’s coming for them.”

 

Epps said he believes Corley has a skill set to play on Sundays.

 

“Enjoy this moment,” he said. “When you get done, hug your parents. Tell me them thank you, because they took care of you growing up.”

 

Epps encouraged Corley to put the work in now, so that he can one day take care of his family.

 

“You have Sunday talent,” he said. “So, give it all you got.”

 

Corley said he believes the school will be a great fit for him.

 

“I feel I can play there early,” he said.

 

WKU football games are always packed with fans, he said.

 

“I think the energy surrounding that would be great for me.”

 

Corley said he already feels a connection with the WKU players, and that helped him make his choice.

 

“I love their players,” he said. “They’re really cool guys. I think that we play all well together.”

 

On top of that, Corley said, the WKU campus is beautiful.

 

“Great academics,” he said. “Really, overall, a good fit.”

 

Corley said he intends on majoring in business while studying at WKU.

 

“One day, I want to open up my own [sneaker, barbecue and barbershop] store,” he said.

 

And, should he happen to play in the NFL, Corley said a business degree will help him manage his own affairs.

 

The recruitment process, Corley said, took about a year. And he’s already created a bond with his future coaches.

 

“They all have history of winning, so they’re good for me.”

 

Corley said Estes and all his coaches at CHS were instrumental in getting him to WKU.

 

“They always told me, ‘If you’re good enough, they’ll find you.’”

 

As offers came in, Corley said, his coaches told him to just choose the school that is right for him.

 

In the end, Corley said Estes was ecstatic about his decision.

 

“All the coaches were pretty happy,” he said. “They always thought I was going to play at Western anyway.”

 

Corley said he anticipates that he will play the receiver and possibly running back positions.

 

Overall, Corley said he is excited about his future at WKU and is excited about the opportunity to continue playing a sport he loves.

 

But, he will miss CHS.

 

“At Campbellsville, we’re just a family, really,” he said.

 

“The people here, they love me, I love them. I will really miss them.”

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, CHS Principal Weston Jones discusses how much Corley has meant to everyone at CHS.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, CHS Principal Weston Jones discusses how much Corley has meant to everyone at CHS.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. At right, CHS athletic director and former boys’ basketball head coach Tim Davis discusses Corley’s time playing basketball at the school. From left are Corley’s stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. At right, CHS athletic director and former boys’ basketball head coach Tim Davis discusses Corley’s time playing basketball at the school. From left are Corley’s stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left are his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. At right, CHS football head coach Dale Estes discusses Corley’s time playing football at the school. From left are Corley’s stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. At right, CHS football head coach Dale Estes discusses Corley’s time playing football at the school. From left are Corley’s stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. At right, CHS boys’ basketball head coach and assistant football coach Anthony Epps discusses Corley’s time playing basketball and football at the school. From left are Corley’s stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. At right, CHS boys’ basketball head coach and assistant football coach Anthony Epps discusses Corley’s time playing basketball and football at the school. From left are Corley’s stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, his brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and his mother Latonya Bridgewater.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left, front, are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and mother Latonya Bridgewater. Back, assistant football coaches Tyler Hardy, Herb Wiseman and Robbie Gribbins, head coach Dale Estes and assistant coaches Bronson Gowdy and Will Griffin.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. From left, front, are his stepfather Wilando “Chop” Bridgewater, brother Micah, who graduated from CHS in 2017, Corley and mother Latonya Bridgewater. Back, assistant football coaches Tyler Hardy, Herb Wiseman and Robbie Gribbins, head coach Dale Estes and assistant coaches Bronson Gowdy and Will Griffin.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends, family and his football teammates, pictured above.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends, family and his football teammates, pictured above.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends, family and his basketball teammates, pictured above.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends, family and his basketball teammates, pictured above.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he receives congratulations from Campbellsville Independent Schools Director of Pupil Personnel and Campbellsville Middle School Assistant Principal Tim Bailey.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he receives congratulations from Campbellsville Independent Schools Director of Pupil Personnel and Campbellsville Middle School Assistant Principal Tim Bailey.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with CHS boys’ basketball head coach and football assistant coach Anthony Epps.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with CHS boys’ basketball head coach and football assistant coach Anthony Epps.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with CHS football assistant coach Herb Wiseman.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with CHS football assistant coach Herb Wiseman.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with friend Ricky Smith-Cecil, at left, and his brother Micah, who are both also former basketball teammates.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with friend Ricky Smith-Cecil, at left, and his brother Micah, who are both also former basketball teammates.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with CHS athletic director and former boys’ basketball head coach Tim Davis.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with CHS athletic director and former boys’ basketball head coach Tim Davis.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with CHS football head coach Dale Estes.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with CHS football head coach Dale Estes.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he receives congratulations from CHS football head coach Dale Estes.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he receives congratulations from CHS football head coach Dale Estes.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with his brother Micah, at right, who graduated from CHS in 2017.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with his brother Micah, at right, who graduated from CHS in 2017.

 

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with his brother Micah, at right, who graduated from CHS in 2017.

CHS senior Malachi Corley recently announced that he will continue his football career at Western Kentucky University this fall. He was honored in a special ceremony with friends and family. Above, he is pictured with his brother Micah, at right, who graduated from CHS in 2017.





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