Qwahsin Townsel needed some extra time to get ready for a big event Wednesday morning.

The Egg Harbor Township resident woke up 30 minutes early. He ironed his clothes and made sure his hair looked just right.

Townsel then drove to St. Joseph High School in Hammonton and signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Villanova University on an NCAA Division I football scholarship

“I’ve been looking forward to this day since I entered high school,” the St. Joe senior said. “I always knew I wanted to play college football.”

Townsel, a standout running back and linebacker, was The Press Player of the Year. He led the Wildcats to a 12-0 record and the state Non-Public II title.

Villanova projects the 6-foot, 205-pound Townsel as a defensive player.

“They already have six running backs on the roster,” Townsel said. “They want to get me on the field as soon as possible. My best bet right now is on defense. It doesn’t matter to me. I’ll make plays on either side of the ball.”