Football

Traivius Chappell commits to play football at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, in the fall in a ceremony Wednesday. Attending are (front row, from left) Angela Chappell (his mother), Chappell and Cottey Chappell Jr. (his brother).; (second row) Thomas Crews (assistant coach), Chris Dejarnette (assistant coach), Grayson Throckmorton (head coach), Dave Hale (assistant coach), Darius Jennings (assistant coach) and Michael Lewis (principal).

Traivius Chappell has committed to play football at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia, in the fall.

Concord University is a NCAA Division 2 school that plays in the Mountain East Conference.

His mother, brother and coaches and staff of Halifax County High School surrounded Chappell on Wednesday when he announced his intention to play football at the next level. The 6’4 200 pound senior wide receiver will receive a full scholarship to play football at Concord University.

“I am at a loss for words,” Chappell said after the ceremony took place on Wednesday. “I have always dreamed of playing football at the next level,” he added.

Chappell was asked about the path that led him to this moment. “I used to watch my brother play football, and he inspired me to play,” Chappell said. Chappell did not play any organized football until middle school. He joined the middle school team in the sixth grade. In the six years since playing organized football, he has worked hard, and it paid off on Wednesday.

“I want to thank God, my family, friends, coaches, other players on the team that helped me become that student athlete that I am today,” Chappell said in closing.

Halifax County High School head football coach Grayson Throckmorton said that he and his entire staff were extremely happy for Chappell. “He is an excellent player that brings a lot of good things to the table. He has a good work ethic, and that translates from practice to game day.” Throckmorton said of Chappell.

“He is a very good student, a team oriented guy and a hard worker,” he went on to say. Throckmorton went on to talk about Chappell and his team first mentality. He said that a lot of times these days, a lot of players are only focused on themselves and that Chappell was always focused on the team as a whole instead of himself.

“He is a very likable young man that has bought into the whole process,” Throckmorton said.

Traivius Chappell has achieved a lifelong dream by putting in the hard work and dedication that it takes to excel on and off the field.

Johnathan Kirland is a sports writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him jkirkland@gazettevirginian.com.