Transfers' status nearing resolution

Barry ByersJuly 30, 2008 

South Pointe football coach Bobby Carroll said Tuesday that the status of his two transfers from Independence High School should be finalized by the end of the week.

Defensive back Devonte Holloman and Dominque Walker, who plays linebacker and defensive back, moved to Rock Hill and hope to end their high school careers at South Pointe.

Both are honor students and are on schedule to graduate after the first semester, which they plan to do so they can enroll in college and participate in spring practice.

Holloman (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) is ranked the No. 1 player in North Carolina by Rivals.com. Rivals has him ranked No. 6 at his position nationally and he is ranked 76th nationally among all players.

He has committed to Clemson.

Carroll said all that's needed on Holloman is a written statement that his parents are separated and that he moved to town with his father.

Walker is a different story. He was suspended for 14 football games this season in North Carolina when it was discovered he lived out of Independence's attendance zone after starting two years for the Patriots.

Carroll said Walker was not suspended from winter and fall sports, but elected not to play because he did not want to take a chance on any sanctions being placed on the teams he would have played for.

Walker is ineligible by South Carolina High School League rules. The rule in question is a player must be eligible in a sport to play it at another school after transferring.

Carroll said South Pointe will appeal the ruling Friday at the SCHSL office in Columbia, with hopes of Walker's eligibility being restored.

• GILMORE: South Pointe quarterback Stephon Gilmore has trimmed his college choices to five schools, but said they are in no order as he quietly rattled them off on Tuesday.

Gilmore, who will also graduate after the first semester, said at this point he'll choose between (in alphabetical order) Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, South Carolina and Tennessee.

His plan is to make the announcement during halftime of the ESPN/Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4 at the Citrus Bowl. Gilmore said he will put on a baseball cap that depicts the school he picks before the announcement.

In Gilmore, Holloman, Devin Wherry and Charles Holmes, the Stallions have four legitimate Division I players and there could be a few more before the season ends. Holmes, a 6-foot-4 wide receiver, recently gave a verbal commitment to USC.

The Stallions were 9-4 last season, only their second playing varsity football. South Pointe is ranked 50th nationally in the 2008 Prepnation.com preseason poll.

• ASA: South Pointe isn't the lone area school drawing attention from college recruiters.

Rock Hill's Asa Watson, a 6-4, 200-pound tight end/wide receiver, has offers from Boston College, Duke, Furman, Georgia Tech, Maryland and N.C. State.

Watson has no favorite at this time, but there are ties to two schools. His father, Ken Watson, played linebacker at Maryland.

His older brother, Ben Watson, graduated from Northwestern and signed with Duke. He played there one season before transferring to Georgia. He is the starting tight end for the New England Patriots.

• LOOKING GOOD: Three former Herald-area college players were named preseason all-conference picks last week.

Vance Walker, who played at Fort Mill, was an All-ACC pick. Walker, a 6-2, 293-pound senior, was chosen at defensive tackle.

Two former Northwestern players were selected to the All-Southern Conference preseason team.

Furman's Thomas Slaughter, a 6-4, 272-pound senior, was picked on the offensive line. Wofford's Derek Wooten was also picked as an offensive lineman. He is a 6-6, 303-pound senior.

• ENZO: Northwestern junior Enzo Martinez and Lexington's Kira Campbell were named Players of the Year by SCSoccer.com.

Martinez, a three-time Player of the Year, and Campbell, who won the honor the last two seasons, are this year's S.C. Gatorade Players of the Year.

Martinez scored 50 goals this season and led the Trojans to the Class AAAA state championship. He became the state's all-time scoring leader this season, with 143.

Campbell, a senior midfielder, scored 11 goals and had 16 assists for the Lady Wildcats, who were 21-3 and lost in the Upper State Championship game.

Northwestern's Zack Clark and Fort Mill's Ashleigh Sheets, who signed with Army, were also named to the teams.

Barry Byers • 329-4099

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