Madison's Sam Cordon signs his letter of intent.

Madison’s Sam Cordon signs his letter of intent.

Madison’s Sam Cardon signed his letter of intent to play football for Southern Virginia University last week completing a year’s long journey.

Visiting Southern Virginia Cardon felt at home right away.

“It was a really cool experience,” Cardon said. “When I got there (I saw) just how tight everyone is and how well they know each other and everything. I just liked the environment and it kind of reminds me of home and I just felt like that’s where I need to be.”

Meeting SVU’s coaches was another positive part of the experience.

“I loved them,” Cardon said. “The offensive coaches, head coaches and defensive coordinator and another coach named Rob McCoy. He was another coach. They let him go but he was a big impact in my recruitment there.”

The beautiful weather won’t hurt either.

“It’s really pretty there,” Cardon said. “I visited in January and there wasn’t any snow. That’s a plus. Then some other things were just the football team. They all welcomed me in and treated me like I was already part of the team even when I was just a recruit and it was a good feeling to just feel comfortable.”

Cardon plans to play outside corner but may play some nickel. He wants to go and contribute to the team on the field as soon as possible.

Eastern Oregon, ISU, Montana Northern and Simon Fraser University all pursued Cardon. Now that the process is over, Cardon is glad he can relax for a bit.

“It’s definitely a relief,” Cardon. “It’s kind of hard to get recognition for football at Madison and the state of Idaho is kind of overlooked and this summer I was blessed enough to get invited to a lot of camps with my best friend and quarterback from my team, Easton Cordero, and we played really well and kind of got some colleges talking to us. It was kind of a big step not just for us but for the future of Madison football I think. I think we’re starting to get some better exposure. The whole being a college athlete thing. I’m definitely excited. It’s a lot of pressure when you’re there and I’m just going to need to keep my focus on the field and in the classroom. I’m excited for it.”