South Pointe continues to send student-athletes to the college ranks, with another nine – six football players and one soccer, wrestling and basketball athlete each – galloping off different directions across the country.
Ricky Blackman The 3A state wrestling champion in the 182-pound weight class signed with Coker. Blackman was named to the North-South all-star wrestling meet and finished his senior season with a 54-2 record. He was a region champion the last two seasons and won 132 matches in his four-year career at South Pointe.
Demon Davis Davis was a standout linebacker for the Stallions’ state championship team in the fall, making 137 total tackles with four sacks. He signed with Fullerton College in California, joining teammate Marveon Mobley, who signed with the school last month.
Cali Ellerby Ellerby is one of four Stallions who signed with Mesabi Range Community College in Minnesota. He made 47 tackles, one sack and forced a fumble as part of South Pointe’s state title-winning team in the fall.
Bryan Binford Senior offensive lineman was a lynchpin for the Stallions the last two seasons and joins his fellow blocker Steven Bledsoe in signing with Union, a Kentucky-based Div. II school. Binford was an All-Area selection by The Herald and the Charlotte Observer this past season and was a team captain as well. He made a combined 60 pancake blocks the last two seasons for South Pointe.
Shawn McCullough Bruising senior running back will head to Minnesota with teammates to play two years at Mesabi Range Community College. McCullough ran the ball 107 times for 559 yards – a 5.2-yard average – and scored eight total touchdowns during the Stallions’ championship season.
Dontae Thompson Pass-rushing extraordinaire will also be headed to Mesabi Range after an excellent senior season. Thompson made All-State and All-Area and finished the 2014 season with 126 tackles and a team-high 8.5 sacks.
Gabe Kirk South Pointe big man will play basketball at Limestone. Kirk was a two-year varsity letterman at South Pointe, averaging 5.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.3 blocks per game during his career. He won the 2015 Mr. Stallion award.
Will Brandon Senior will play men’s soccer at Southern Wesleyan, located in Central. Brandon played four years of varsity soccer at South Pointe, scoring 57 career goals and dishing out 12 assists combined the last two seasons. He was a captain this spring and made All-Region as the Stallions went undefeated in Region 3-3A.
Qua Hope Speedster is headed to Mesabi Range to play football. Hope caught three passes for 20 yards and ran the ball 21 times for 89 yards and a touchdown last fall.