Louisa County High School tight end AJ Proffitt is taking his talents to Bridgewater College, joining the Eagles’ football team this fall.
“I’m excited to play at a new level, to get to know my new teammates and have a lot of good competition,” he said.
Proffitt has been playing football since he was in elementary school, but began playing tight end during his freshman season with the Lions. He’ll continue in that position at Bridgewater.
“I like being able to switch around, being able to go from blocking to running routes,” he said.
Proffitt has made a bit of noise in the position, putting up 113 receiving yards over the past two seasons, including a 77-yard score in his junior season. He also got a touchdown on defense as a senior, scooping up a fumble and running it into the end zone during the Lions’ season opener against Charlottesville in February.
Proffitt said he chose to attend Bridgewater largely due to it being a smaller college.
“I didn’t want to go to a big school with big classes,” he said. “I wanted to be able to be one-on-one with my teachers. I liked the way the coaches interacted, the campus is nice and it’s not too far from home.”
Proffitt said that one of the main things he’s going to miss about playing football for Louisa is the atmosphere in The Jungle.
“I’m going to miss the people at the games and how loud it usually gets,” he said.
He’s also going to be taking some very fond memories with him to Bridgewater.
“It’s been fun going undefeated the last few years,” he said. “[I’ve enjoyed] all of the new competition and all of the new people that I’ve met and played with.”
Proffitt said he plans to study environmental science and hopes to get a job where he is “able to work outside.”