Three York Comprehensive High School football players have signed to play at college.
Deshaw Andrews and Daurice Simpson appear to be headed to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas.
Simpson, the son of Shamika Cannon, said he is waiting for ACT results to solidify his plans.
The players were 42-6 in their four-year tenure at YCHS.
Andrews, the son of Sonja and Lenny Andrews, amassed 3,900 yards passing this season, with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He ran for 775 yards and 17 touchdowns.
“We’re going to Coffeyville College to get more experience and to get ready to play at the next level,” said Andrews. “They want me to play quarterback. It’s really exciting.”
The North-South All-Star signal-caller said he is eager to learn from other coaches as he did at YCHS.
“The York football program helped develop me a whole lot, working with coach Baggett over the summer and spring,” said Andrews. “It paid off.”
Andrews said playing with confidence has influenced much of his success on the gridiron. “My dad always said to play relaxed and let the game come to me,” he said. “That’s what I do.”
Simpson said he would like to eventually play for the University of South Carolina and knows that Coffeyville churns out players who move on to Division 1 schools.
Simpson, a Shrine Bowl selection, was the Cougars’ most explosive player with the football in his hands offensively, defensively and returning punts.
“The coaches at Coffeyville have said I will play wide receiver,” he said. “I also look to be used on punt and kickoff returns.”
He said: “My goal is to go to the Kansas school for a year or two, then transfer to a Division 1 school.”
Simpson said the Cougar football program prepared him for the next level. “I began playing football for a youth team at the York Rec Department,” Simpson said. “I played for the Yellow Jackets.”
Buddy Anderson, a placekicker and punter, plans to attend Wofford College as a preferred walk-on.
“It’s pretty exciting to be able to play at the next level,” said the son of Chad and Tammy Anderson. “It gives me the opportunity to prove I can play at that level.”
Anderson is aware of Wofford’s academic reputation. “A big part of my decision was that I wanted to go to a college that would be athletically challenging and continue my academic success,” said Anderson.
The YCHS football/soccer standout said he wasn’t sure if he would be used as a punter, placekicker or both.
“I will find out soon,” he said.
Anderson, who will be remembered for booting a game-winning field goal with no time on the clock to defeat Boiling Springs his junior year, began placekicking duties for the varsity Cougars at the end of his freshman year.
His soccer background proved to be beneficial, once he joined the football team.
“Soccer builds leg strength and proper technique,” said Anderson. “I’m confident attempting a field goal from 52 yards out.”
Head football coach Bobby Carroll lauded the Cougar trio for impacting the program in a huge way.
“They helped resurrect York football,” he said. “We’re losing a leg (Anderson), an arm (Andrews) and a little bit of everything (Simpson).