London Humphreys played just about every sport imaginable as a kid.
Football was not one of them.
Humphreys, who didn’t even own a football for the backyard, was too busy excelling in baseball, basketball and track and field to worry about adding more to his plate.
But at the urging of friends and coaches, he decided to give the gridiron a shot as a freshman at CPA in 2019.
Humphreys participated in practices for the entire season but didn’t see much game action. Most of CPA’s junior varsity contests were canceled for one reason or another.
“I just didn’t feel like it was for me,” said Humphreys, who left the team to focus on other sports.
Two years later, Humphreys is back with CPA football and has looked like a natural at wide receiver through the team’s first four games.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound junior has caught 17 passes for 282 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown against Independence in his first varsity appearance on Aug. 20.
“I kind of realized after the (2019) season how much you miss your teammates after all the time you spend together,” Humphreys said. “It sounds cheesy, but it’s true. So I decided to come back, and so far, it’s been awesome.”
The potential was easy to see.
Humphreys, who can dunk a basketball, won the long jump, took second in the 200-meter dash and finished third in the high jump and 100-meter dash at the TSSAA Division II state track and field championships in May. He was also a reserve on CPA’s state championship baseball team.
“London is one of those rare athletes who’s got it,” CPA coach Ingle Martin said. “He could probably do a million different things if he wanted to. We’re really thankful that he’s playing football this year.”
Still, Humphreys arrived at fall football camp as a bit of a mystery. He had spent the summer playing travel baseball.
“We knew how freaky athletic he was, we just didn’t know how good he was going to be at football,” said CPA quarterback Cade Law. “And man, he is a stud. He’s a big-time talent.”
Humphreys has worked closely with CPA wide receivers coach Brian Epps to learn the intricacies of the position over the past two months. He also serves as the team’s kickoff specialist and has filled in at punter.
“I’m probably still pretty raw when it comes to knowing what to do,” he said. “I just have to stay after (practice), work on what I’m trying to do and catch my passes. Hopefully it’ll come together.”
CPA (4-0) is known for its smash-mouth style of offense, often led by runs from Law or four-star Vanderbilt commitment Langston Patterson. Humphreys provides a vertical threat alongside senior receivers Andersen Kail and Reid Williford to keep opposing defenses honest.
“London has top-level speed,” Martin said. “And it’s just hard to cover speed in football.”
Law and Martin agreed that Humphreys is just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. He’s only played in four games, after all.
Once the newbie gains more experience, CPA’s offense could be even harder to stop.
“He’s just figuring out how to move, how to run, how to cut, how to judge the ball,” Martin said. “But he’s been very gifted by God, and he’s a huge difference-maker for our football team.”