DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Houston Academy’s Will Pitchford will take his academic and athletic talents to Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Indiana.

He says playing college football is a dream come true.

One he has had since he was a kid throwing the ball in his back yard.

Senior year Pitchford switched from half back to tight end.

He hopes to play tight end, linebacker and long snapper for the Fighting Engineers.

Pitchford visited the campus last summer.

Spending time with current players helped him make his decision.

“Seeing that they were able to do it kind of gave me confidence that I’m able to do it,” Pitchford said. “It kind of reminds me of home so it won’t be too bad with the homesickness. I might have to get a new wardrobe though.”

When Pitchford isn’t on the gridiron, he plans to study civil engineering at Rose-Hulman.