There’s something about South Pointe defensive lineman Zeek Rodney to which northeastern ACC schools have taken a liking. The senior was offered a football scholarship Tuesday by Syracuse, according to 247sports and Rodney’s Twitter account.
It’s Rodney’s second ACC offer after Boston College extended one in April. BC defensive coaches were spotted in the South Pointe stands last Friday night during the Stallions’ rout of Nation Ford; the Eagles were in the area playing Clemson the following day.
Rodney, who was named to the Shrine Bowl last week, also has scholarship offers from Toledo, Louisiana-Lafayette, Marshall, South Carolina State, Appalachian State, Ball State and Charlotte, and has upcoming visits to Marshall and Boston College planned. South Pointe coach Strait Herron said Wednesday that Florida has also made initial contact via defensive line coach Brad Lawing, who is familiar with Rodney after recruiting him while a coach at South Carolina.
Five questions with Chester’s Daryl Foster
For some reason I’ve got comedy on my brain, so is there a standup comedian that you listen or that you’ve seen, that did it for you?
I’m not a comedy guy.
All right. Have you got any jokes you like to tell, or are you a serious type of guy?
No, I’m a serious type of guy.
Okay. Of the guys on your team, who fits that comedian type?
We’ve got so many, too many to name.
Who would you say of those guys would be the funniest guy on your team?
What makes him funny?
He always has jokes. He gets serious but most of the time he’s really joking around.
I was going to share a joke, but I’ll just keep it to myself. Last year on the football field you got everyone’s attention with the 200-plus tackles. What has been a secret or a tip or a key that’s helped you get so many tackles like that?
Listen to the coach and do your job, and it’ll help you out.
Is it that simple?
Uh-huh. You practice how you play, so if you practice hard, you gonna play hard.
Reid commits to College of Charleston
Diamond Prospects reports that Rock Hill High School junior pitcher Will Reid committed verbally Monday night to play baseball at the College of Charleston. The 6-foot-3, 195-pounder’s fastball has been clocked at 85 miles per hour by Perfect Game, and he also plays first base and outfield.
South Pointe named preseason favorites in Region 3 boys’ basketball
Anthony Johnson was named Preseason Player of the Year for Region 3-AAAA at the league’s coaches’ meeting last week. Johnson, the reigning Region Player of the Year, and his South Pointe team were tabbed as the preseason favorites to win the region.
Rock Hill’s Warren Vinson, York’s Deshaw Andrews, South Pointe’s Tyreece Brice, Nation Ford’s Riley Hilton, Northwestern’s Clenzo Ross, Clover’s Alex Thompson and Bryce Allen, and Lancaster’s Deuce Dunlap and E.J. Patterson joined Johnson on the Preseason All-Region squad.
1. South Pointe; 2. Rock Hill; 3. Northwestern; 4. Clover; 5. York; 6. Lancaster; 7. Nation Ford; 8. Fort Mill
Newberry undefeated and ranked, led defensively by locals
The Newberry Wolves entered the American Football Coaches Association’s Division II national football poll after winning last week to improve to 6-0. The Wolves, off to one of the school’s best starts ever, are ranked 23rd and led defensively by a number of local players.
Former South Pointe Stallion Dominique Walker is fourth on the team in tackles with 20.
Redshirt sophomore Alstevis Squirewell (Great Falls High School) has also been a playmaker on that side of the ball. Through six games, Squirewell has 14 tackles, including 3.5 for loss, in addition to 2.5 sacks and a 70-yard interception return.
Lancaster’s Daniel Foster has also been a presence on the Wolves’ d-line, recording 15 tackles, four for loss, and a sack. The Wolves will try and stay unbeaten when they face rival Lenoir-Rhyne Saturday.
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