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Hear from South Pointe’s Steven Gilmore Jr. after he signed Wednesday

South Pointe’s Steven Gilmore Jr.’s recruitment process came to an end Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 by signing an NLI. Hear from Gilmore Jr. in this video.
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South Pointe’s Steven Gilmore Jr.’s recruitment process came to an end Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 by signing an NLI. Hear from Gilmore Jr. in this video.

As always, it was a busy National Signing Day in The Herald’s coverage area. Find out more about who signed, and where:

Rock Hill High was first up at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning

READ: FBS football recruit among four Rock Hill Bearcats recognized on National Signing Day

And hear from Bearcat football standout Jordan Morris, who stayed patient during an arduous recruiting process:

Northwestern had six signees Wednesday

READ: Northwestern Trojans sign NLIs, including goalie headed to Michigan State

Davis Hooten talked about signing to play college soccer at Michigan State:

South Pointe recognized seven signees, including six football players

READ: Steven Gilmore Jr. and six other South Pointe athletes sign college NLIs

Steven Gilmore Jr. talks about his college decision:

Nation Ford

Nation Ford High had five athlete sign letters of intent for National Signing Day Wednesday.

Megan Eastep (Queens University) and Isabella Dyckes (Spartanburg Methodist) will play women’s college soccer, while Jalen Henderson will play men’s soccer at Gardner-Webb. Tim Smith (VMI) and Jymontae Drafton (St. Andrews) signed to play football.

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Five Nation Ford athletes signed college NLIs on Wednesday: (back row, clockwise) Jalen Henderson, Tim Smith, Jymontae Drafton, Isabella Dyckes and Megan Estep. Mac Banks

Indian Land

A pair of Indian Land High School football players signed Wednesday. Offensive lineman and first team All-Area selection Jake Locklear is headed to Presbyterian, while linebacker Nico Starcher will play for Division III Maryville College (Tenn.).


Blake Payne signed with Wingate where he’ll play football.

Lancaster’s Blake Payne (center) joins former Bruins teammates Jay Hood and Houston Brantley at Wingate. Photo courtesy of Bobby Collins


Clover had 10 signees in a very busy National Signing Day for the Blue Eagles. They were:

▪ Justin Watkins, Coker College (men’s soccer)

▪ Haley Hocking, Presbyterian College (women’s soccer)

▪ Haley Stewart, Berry College (women’s soccer)

▪ Delaini Nagy, Emory & Henry College (volleyball)

▪ Tanner Maness, Lander (bass fishing)

▪ Semaj Lakin, North Greenville (football)

▪ Garrett Lutz, North Greenville (football)

▪ Austin Gunnels, USC Lancaster (men’s soccer)

▪ Kayla Cruse, North Greenville (women’s soccer)

▪ Britt Myers, Lander (bass fishing)

(Back to front, clockwise) Britt Myers, Tanner Maness, Austin Gunnels, Semaj Lakin, Garrett Lutz, Justin Watkins, Haley Hocking, Haley Stewart, Delaini Nagy and Kayla Cruse all signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday at Clover High School. Photo courtesy of Bryan Dillon


York’s signing activity included towering defensive end Shamari Williams signing to play football at Limestone and Carson Wynn inking an agreement to play men’s soccer at North Greenville.

York’s Shamari Williams and Carson Wynn pose after signing NLIs Wednesday afternoon. Photo courtesy of CayLen Whitesides, York Comprehensive High School


A pair of Chester Cyclones football players signed Wednesday. John Erby will play college ball at Rhode Island, following a great career at Chester where he did some of everything and was named Region 4-3A player of the year last fall. And Quay Hardin will go the juco route through Independence Community College, out in Kansas.

Hear from Erby and Hardin: