Jerry Falwell, Jr., the chancellor of Liberty University, had been traveling through North Carolina and saw a local television news account of Withrow’s ordeal. He also noticed that the 18-year-old was wearing a “Liberty University” t-shirt.
Falwell told Fox News that he made a few calls and discovered that Withrow’s sister is a Liberty graduate.
“I was really impressed with what a meek and humble Christian kid he is,” Falwell said. “I thought he would be a perfect fit at Liberty.”
So the chancellor made the 18-year-old an offer he couldn’t refuse.