Struggling, surviving, signed

DHS’s 2015 senior Percy Cargo, Jr. signs National Letter of Intent to play collegiate football at Grambling State University.

If you look at Percy Cargo, Jr. today, you’ll see a guy standing at 6’1” and 200 pounds with all muscle. On Feb. 4, the size and muscle awarded him the opportunity to sign a football scholarship with the Grambling State Tigers football team as a defensive back. However, don’t let Cargo’s current state fool you though.

In 2004, doctors and family feared for his life after fighting in the intensive care unit (ICU) for three days after a staph infection set in. Struggling, surviving and now signed to continue his dreams of collegiate football, Cargo says he’s blessed.

“I stayed strong and became a better person out of it. I told myself I wasn’t going to stop until I accomplished my dreams and that’s what I did,” Cargo said on National Signing Day. “I know it’s real now, at first it all felt like a dream but now that I’ve signed I know it’s real.”

Feb. 4 was not just signing day for Cargo, it was also his 18th birthday. He kind of knew signing day would fall close to it, and once it got closer he realized it would fall exactly on it – making an 18th birthday that much more special.

“It’s just a blessing to me,” Cargo said, who recorded over 300 tackles in his career.

Now with a collegiate career ahead for the hard-hitting defensive back, Cargo said he’s ready to go to the Historical Black University and garner freshman academic and athletic accolades.

He’ll start summer school, majoring in Business Management for Bachelor’s Degree and already plans to chase a Master’s Degree in Industrial Technology.

Cargo’s father, Percy Cargo, Sr. said he always gives thanks to God for keeping his son through the early storm for his life, and now to see Cargo sign to continue a dream that wasn’t promised is surreal.

“It gives me joy to know all the things we’ve been through and he’s still getting a chance to compete on the college level, which he really deserves, and I wish more kids can get the same blessing,” Percy Cargo, Sr. said.

DHS’ athletic director and head football coach for the last two seasons Benny Guilbeau said Cargo, and Jaquel Gant, who signed to Southern University, are continuing a tradition.

“Not only representing themselves and their families and Donaldsonville High School, but also the City of Donaldsonville by going to two respected universities, to not only continue playing football but to make progress in the academics,” Guilbeau said. “I wish them nothing but the best for their futures.”

Cargo, Sr. added: “I also want to thank the teachers at Donaldsonville High who kept my son strong academically. That’s going to take him a long way other than sports. I appreciate DHS and the coaching staff.”

“I want to give thanks to the Tiger nation and all who have been part of my son’s success. I want to give a special thanks to his supporting Godfather Spencer Harvey, the tailgating family of Aaron Julien, Donny Breaux, David Butler, Harold Cox, Leroy Sullivan, Sr., Jimmy Joseph, Teremine White, Leo McKinney, Travis Fernandez, Charles Broom and all the Junior Tiger’s coaching staff.”