DANVILLE — The decision had been made, but that didn’t matter.
Danville senior Trent Sherfield still had problems sleeping before his big day.
On Wednesday afternoon, Sherfield signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., on a full-ride football scholarship.
“I woke up excited about this day,’’ Sherfield said.
And his excitement was matched by more than 50 family members, friends, teammates and community members that packed into a room at the Mary Miller Complex on the campus of Danville Area Community College.
“A lot of people came out and showed me a lot of support,’’ he said. “That really means a lot to me and it’s a blessing.’’
It also reminded Sherfield that in a few short months that he will be relocating himself from Danville to Nashville.
“Everyone has new beginnings in their live and this one is mine,’’ he said. “When that day comes, it will be bad, but it’s the best for me.’’
Tedrone Sherfield, Trent’s mother, said that this day is an accumulation of what he’s been wanting to do since he started playing pee-wee football.
“He has been looking forward to this day for as long as I can remember,’’ she said. “I reminded him that he was a student first and when he decided to pursue this — he did it with passion.
“I’m excited for him and very proud of him. He’s officially leaving me.’’
And that is going to be tough for both mother and son, as they both talked about the strong bonds they have had for nearly 18 years.
“She is not only my mom, but she is also one of my best friends,’’ Trent said. “Both my mom and my grandma (Chana Worthington) kept me well-rounded in my life and they have done a great job of raising me into a man.’’