High School Sports

HHH's Matt Bex to play football at Methodist University

Growing up as a military brat, Matt Bex became accustomed to making adjustments. He knows what it's like to be the new kid.

There's one place it's never affected him -- the football field.

Bex moved from city to city throughout his childhood, and he always made an immediate impact on the football team. His most recent stop, Hilton Head High, was no exception. In his first year with the Seahawks, Bex took over as the team's go-to ball carrier and led the team in rushing in 2010, his senior season.

Now he will try to do it all over again. Bex has agreed to play football at Methodist University, an NCAA Division III program, in the fall.

"I decided I wanted to play football in college when I just started playing Pop Warner football," Bex said. "I've followed my dream."

Bex said he expects to play running back, a position he's played since middle school, but is willing to try his hand at defense in college, as well.

Name: Matt Bex

High school: Hilton Head High

Sport: Football

High school coach: Tim Singleton

Position: Running back

College: Methodist University (N.C.)

Probable major: Athletic training

About Methodist University: The Monarchs finished 2-8 overall in 2010. Dave Eavenson has been hired to take over the Division III football program beginning next fall.

Why Methodist University: "I liked the coaching staff; I got a good feel from them," Bex said. "It didn't seem too far from home. I felt like it was a good fit."

Other schools considered: Assumption College (Mass.), Ferrum College (Va.), Emory & Henry College (Va.), Brevard College (N.C.), Mount Union (Ohio)

Other high school sports played: Wrestling, baseball

Accolades: Led Seahawks with 680 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns in 2010; The Island Packet/The Beaufort Gazette all-area team, honorable mention