2018-02-09 / Sports

Signing, signing everywhere a signing

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Ledger Sports Writer

There was a lot of pen to paper here Wednesday.

Nine Gaffney athletes signed a letter of intent with colleges on the national signing day. Across the river, four Blacksburg players inked their national letters.

At Gaffney, quarterback Tyshun Sarratt signed with Johnson C. Smith after keeping his recruiting process quiet the last several weeks.

As expected, Cam Rice inked with Georgia Military College, Noah Owens signed with Lincoln University and Hunter Decker will play for Guilford.

Gaffney’s Myell White will stay close to home and play for Limestone, while offensive lineman Jac Coleman will play at Methodist University and Dashun Tate will play his football at Newberry,

It wasn’t all football players choosing a college, though. Kristen Owens and Chandler Brooks signed with Spartanburg Methodist. Owens will run cross country and Brooks will play baseball.

After winning a region title, three Blacksburg Wildcats will start their college football careers together in north Charleston.

Linebacker Javian Ford, tight end David Smith and offensive tackle Emmanuel Fair signed national letters of intent Wednesday afternoon with South Carolina Faith A&M. The 2-year sports and music program offered a chance to play college football.

Smith originally planned to enlist in the U.S. Army when he graduated from Blacksburg in 2016. After his plans changed, Smith received help from head coach Drew Chisholm in finding a way to continue his college education and playing career.

Smith, who will play tight end and wide receiver, said he loved the family feel when he visited Faith A&M.

“It felt like home away from home, just like Blacksburg,” Smith said. “The coaching staff was nice, and having teammates going with me factored in, too. I’m just excited to be able to play college football, and you can’t go wrong with the beach.”

Fair earned All-Region honors as an offensive lineman and nose guard when Blacksburg won the 2016 region title. Fair plans to study music at Faith A&M.

“It’s a small school that can help me get to where I need to be as a student-athlete,” he said. “It’s a lot like Blacksburg, and I like that they offer classes I want to study.”

Blacksburg senior defensive back Netavion Thompson chose a different route. He signed to play at New Mexico Highlands University, a 1,700 student school near Las Vegas.

Thompson became interested in New Mexico Highlands after a conversation with Blacksburg defensive end Kwame Sutton, who received his first offer from the school. Thompson will receive a full scholarship and plans to study computer engineering.

Thompson said he will play cornerback and see some snaps at wide receiver.

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