RAYMOND, Miss. – A normal student might be a little stressed out, maybe even panicked. But Javon Wims is nothing close to normal, and he insists he’s not concerned about clearing the academic hurdles still between him and his appointment at the University of Georgia.
Wims, a UGA signee and the No. 4-rated junior college wide receiver in the country, took one final exam on Thursday and still has three finals to go — one Friday and two on Monday — before completing his winter semester work here at Hinds Community College.
And then he still won’t be done.
The 21-year-old native Floridian will have to remain at this mid-Mississippi outpost for two more weeks after that to complete a biology course and accompanying lab class to satisfy his requirements to transfer to Georgia.
But his message to Bulldogs fans is don’t sweat it. He’s not. Considering the obstacles he has already cleared just to get in the position he is now, this is nothing.
“I don’t see the point in panicking, because it has to get done,” said Wims, who was being interviewed Thursday for an upcoming piece in the Next Generation series on DawgNation.com. “If you panic, you’re wasting energy. It’s just like in a football game. In a football game, your opponent may score two times in the fourth quarter. You don’t panic. The game isn’t over yet.”
Wims said he’s in this predicament not because he can’t do the work, but because of work that didn’t get done. Wims didn’t go to college for a year before coming to Hinds in January of 2015. He took the year off after fracturing an ankle in his one year playing football at Belhaven University, an NAIA school in Jackson, Miss. At that point, he had become somewhat disillusioned with football and went home to Jacksonville, Fla., to work.
However, after working jobs at a gymnastics center and a clothes store, Wims decided to rekindle his football dream. He did that and then some with a huge year hauling in passes at Hinds. Trouble was, he was left with a lot of academic ground to make up.
“It’s because of that year I took off; it caught up with me,” Wims said. “My (academic) clock was already started and I was a little bit behind on some credits. So I had to take a lot of them this semester to catch up. That’s why I’m having to be here for the extra two weeks.”
Not to worry, he reiterates. He’ll get it done. He actually enjoys biology.
“No, it’s nothing to worry about it,” he said. “It’s not that hard really.”
Wims said the extra classes during the “mini-mester” will not delay him in getting to Georgia. He’s due to report there on June 6 with the other 14 signees in the 2016 class who have not yet enrolled. He’ll take his last final exam on May 25.
“The day I’m done is the day I’m leaving,” he said with a laugh. “As soon as I walk out of class, I’m getting in the car and leaving.”