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SC Recruits Choose FCS Schools
South Carolina Recruits talk about the reasons for their FCS decisions - including an offensive lineman committed to Delaware State coming off a run at the start championship.
FLORENCE — Fresh off a Class 3A state championship run, offensive lineman Lawrence Davis, a two-time All-Region 5-3A selection, has signed to play at defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champ Delaware State.
“(The MEAC title) played a big part in my decision to attend Delaware State,” Davis said. “I got to see the facility, sit in on the classes and it was a good Christian atmosphere.”
Fonville stays in-state
Considered a phenom as a freshman, South Florence running back Anthony Fonville broke his leg during preseason workouts his sophomore season.
Fonville bounced back from the injury and will continue his football dream at Gardner-Webb. The senior signed a letter of intent to play there Wednesday.
“It feels awesome that I’m going to play college football. After I broke my leg, I thought I wasn’t going anywhere,” said Fonville, who rushed for 758 yards and six touchdowns in 2007. “I’m happy to be where I’m going.”
“Anthony came back from a serious injury, and actually missed three games due to the same injury this season,” former Bruins coach Brian Lane said. “All that’s over with, and he’s going to do well.”
Dillon player signs
Defensive back Quad Roberts is headed to Presbyterian.
“Quad’s probably the hardest-working one of the group and has great instincts around the ball,” Hayes said.
Hartsville’s Saunders sign in-state
Running back Bennett Saunders, fresh off a 1,200-yard campaign, has signed to play at Presbyterian.
“We’re really excited about the signing,” Hartsville coach Jeff Calabrese said. “He did a great job this season, and he deserves to be playing at the next level.”
Coastal picks up another Marlboro County product
Offensive lineman Jaquan Ridges will try to follow the path set by former Bulldog Quinton Teal when he heads to Coastal Carolina in the fall.
Teal was part of Coastal’s first recruiting class and just completed his first professional season with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.
“We think (Coastal Carolina) is going to be a good fit for him,” Marlboro County coach Dean Boyd said. “Jaquan is a great player who should have been a major Division I player, but because of his weight they overlooked him.
“He’ll gain the weight there and the Chanticleers will have a D-I quality offensive lineman on their team.”
Porcha joins teammates at S.C. State
Carvers Bay already has two players with the Bulldogs, and now they’re getting a third in Dyrell Porcha.
The Bears’ big defensive lineman caused a lot of havoc this season to the tune of 100 tackles and 11 sacks.
“He’s a coachable kid, and he understands what it takes to play at the next level,” Carvers Bay coach Nate Thompson said.
“His size and his hustle were big keys. He’s got a motor and he gets after the quarterback. He did well even though he drew two defenders a lot of times this year.”
Pee Dee Academy’s James chooses S.C. State
Eagles tight end/linebacker Arnett James is taking his game to Orangeburg in the fall. The senior signed a letter on intent to play at South Carolina State.
“Arnett’s been a starter for four years, and we saw some big potential in him,” Pee Dee Academy coach Lon Spivey said. “If he continues to work hard, he could make a huge impact at S.C. State right away.
“We’re really proud of what he’s achieved (at Pee Dee Academy).”
Manning’s Hammett, Boatwright stay in-state
Manning quarterback Chris Hammett has signed a letter of intent to play at The Citadel, and defensive end Xavier Boatwright has signed to play at Presbyterian.
“We’re very thankful to have anyone sign from our school,” Monarchs coach Robbie Briggs said.
“Xavier has the potential to be even better at defensive end at Presbyterian. (The coaches at The Citadel) will try Chris out at quarterback, but he’ll most likely play safety or wide receiver.”
Two Tigers sign letters of intent
By Morning News Staff Reports