Chester's first-year football coach Maurice Flowers took over where former coach Victor Floyd left off, leading the Cyclones to their second consecutive trip to the state finals this season.
Flowers had some talent with which to work. Three of his players signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday at Chester High School. Fred Lee, C.J. Turner and Troy Sanders all signed. Flowers said he expects to have more student-athletes sign to play college football in the next month or two.
Cyclones baseball standout Daniel Rawls also signed.
Lewisville's Isaiah Johnson and Great Falls' Josh Lynn signed to play football.
At Clover High School, Ricky Moore signed, as well as girls track and cross country runner Tori Swain and girls soccer players Rachael Newmister and Diana Eaton.
A look at each of the signees:
FRED LEE -- Chester; signed to play football at the University at Buffalo; wide receiver; 6-foot-2, 180 pounds.
"I enjoyed the coaching staff and seeing the facilities. I'm glad to be able to play Division I football. Buffalo is a place where I can grow as a player and develop my ability."
C.J. TURNER -- Chester; signed to play football at Wofford College; defensive back; 5-11, 175.
"I wanted to go to a small school with a good business program. That's why I chose Wofford. The coaching staff is cool and I'll have a chance to play as a freshman."
TROY SANDERS -- Chester; signed to play football at Appalachian State University; defensive back; 6-1, 185.
"I haven't decided on a major yet. Appalachian State was where I felt most comfortable. I'll get a chance to play against (Chester teammate) C.J. (Turner) and beat up on him a little."
DANIEL RAWLS -- Chester; signed to play baseball at USC Sumter; infielder, 5-10, 185.
"I like the campus and the coaches are cool. I plan to major in business management. I'll have a chance to play right away and after two years go to the next level."
ISAIAH JOHNSON -- Lewisville; signed to play football at North Greenville University; quarterback/defensive back; 6-0, 194.
"North Greenville was my first official visit. It's not too big and they have a good business program. They have talked about putting me at quarterback. I am close to (former Lewisville player) Jamarius Robinson, who is playing there."
JOSH LYNN -- Great Falls; signed to play football at Furman University; defensive end; 6-4, 245.
"I like the (Furman) campus and the winning tradition they have. I'll get to play against some of the best competition out there. It was a tough decision to make. Presbyterian had been with me since my junior year, but Furman was a better fit."
RICKY MOORE -- Clover; signed to play football at Newberry College; running back/linebacker; 5-11, 195.
"(Newberry) just acted like they cared a whole bunch. I will probably play outside linebacker. It is a small school and a small town. It's just like home. I am going to major in forensic science."
DIANA EATON -- Clover; signed to play soccer at USC Aiken; midfielder; 5-9.
"I went and visited the campus and stayed with the team. The campus is really easy to get around. I will major in physical therapy. I have to work for the position, but the coach said she likes me as a midfielder."
RACHAEL NEWMISTER -- Clover; signed to play soccer at Davidson College; forward; 5-8.
"Mainly I chose Davidson because of the academics. That, paired with the athletics and it being a small Division I school. It has the rigorous academics I was looking for."
TORI SWAIN -- Clover; signed to run cross country and track at The Citadel; runs the 400, 800 and mile; 5-6.
"I think (The Citadel) is a really good school and the job opportunities after I graduate are good. I'm looking toward the future. I had a cousin that graduated from there in 2004. I am going to major in psychology."
Karl Lyles | 329-4032 | firstname.lastname@example.org