4 more Rock Hill Bearcats move to next level

05/08/2014 11:56 PM

05/08/2014 11:57 PM

Rock Hill High School had four more outstanding Bearcats athletes sign scholarships Thursday morning at the school.

Three of the Bearcats are moving to the next level in football, while the fourth will play baseball.

Jua’Quan Feaster has signed to play with Ferrum College in Virginia. Feaster played three years of varsity football at Rock Hill High, and says his best memory of playing in high school was a game-winning touchdown against Fort Mill this past season.

“I really like the coaches at Ferrum, because they made me feel at home,” said Feaster, who expects to play at both the running back and receiver positions. “The campus is also very nice.”

Feaster, who plans to major in graphic design, said Tavon Austin of the St. Louis Rams is his one of his role models, but he has others who have been there for him.

“My parents have always motivated me,” said Feaster. “They stressed the importance of doing things right as well as the value of hard work.”

Rodney Neely has signed to play at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. He played three years on varsity and said his best memory was playing junior varsity against Lancaster and tackling a running back who was much bigger than he was.

“I like the opportunity I will have there,” said Neely. “I like the offensive coaches, and I want to major in education in hopes of becoming a coach some day.”

Neely said he expects his college coaches will play him at linebacker and defensive end. He said his role model is Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly, and he is thankful for the support of his parents.

“Both of my parents encouraged me to play sports,” said Neely. “They also stressed the value of an education, and I appreciate the sacrifices they have made for me over the years.”

Sandifer McCullough will play next year at Bluefield College in West Virginia. He played varsity football with the Bearcats for two seasons. His fondest memory in high school was a 77-yard touchdown run against South Pointe.

“I like the fact that Bluefield is a small school,” said McCullough. “The campus is beautiful, and I really like all of the coaches.”

McCullough, who is planning to major in sports management, hopes someday to become a sportscaster. He added that the coaches have told him they want him to play linebacker and defensive end.

He named his mother, Phyllis McCullough, as his role model saying his mom pushed him to do things right. “She was always there for me.”

Cody Edkins has signed to play baseball at Erskine College. He has played on Rock Hill’s varsity team for four years, and says his best memory was Wednesday night when his team beat Mauldin to make it to the Upper State.

“I chose Erskine because of the great environment,” said Edkins. “The coaches are excellent, and they are giving me a chance to play the sport I love on the next level.”

Edkins is planning to major in sports management, adding that the coaches at Erskine might use him primarily as a pitcher with the possibility of seeing some time at first base. He added that he admires New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter because of his work ethic.

“My parents instilled a strong work ethic in me,” said Edkins. “They have always been behind me, and I know they have not only taught me some great lessons, but also sacrificed a lot for me over the years.”

Principal Ozzie Ahl has been pleased with the number of signees from Rock Hill High this year.

“This is the ultimate goal,” said Ahl. “Today is another testament to the athletes and coaches we have here. It is exciting to see them reach their goal of playing on the next level and furthering their education.”

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