Video: Womble, 6 other Holy Cross seniors sign at Wednesday ceremony

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Jalen Womble (#69) leaves Holy Cross after excelling in academics and football to continue both pursuits at Rhodes College.

It’s been quite the week for graduating Holy Cross offensive lineman Jalen Womble.

Womble was in front of classmates and family members as one of seven Tiger seniors signing to continue their playing careers at the college level. Womble inked with Rhodes College in Memphis.

The other signees included Womble’s football teammates, “Dru” Stephens and Merlin Seminary, with SUNY Maritime College in Bronx, New York. Three baseball players also signed: Adrian Aguilar with Nicholls State University, and Cade Simpson and Brett Spiess with Spring Hill College. Cade Martin, a National Merit finalist, will head to LSU to run cross country and track, joining his former Holy Cross teammate, Blake Baldassaro:

For Womble, Wednesday’s ceremony came almost exactly 24 hours after he was named as one of four seniors to receive a $20,000 scholarship by the Allstate Sugar Bowl at its annual National Football Foundation chapter scholar-athlete luncheon.

“It was kind of a surprise,” said Womble, a Holy Cross student since the fifth grade, of Tuesday’s scholarship announcement. “I was a little nervous, but it was a great opportunity and I’m really thankful for it. It will definitely go to good use.”

Womble picked Rhodes because of academics. “It was great to also have the opportunity to continue my football career,” he said.

Come Friday, Womble and the other Holy Cross seniors will take their final classes as Tigers before final exams next week.

“Without Holy Cross, I don’t think I’d me the man I am today,” Womble said. “I’ve learned countless lessons from coaches, teachers and administration.”

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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