As signing day ends, a new chapter begins for local athletes

By: Andrew Schnitker Email
By: Andrew Schnitker Email

Feb. 5, 2014 Signing day in the CSRA started off with a switch at ARC. Defensive lineman Willie Yarbary had two great offers and a tough decision.

"There was a lot of pressure. I didn't want to disappoint either one. I didn't know what to do," Yarbary said.

Picking between Wake Forest and Indiana, a late visit made the difference, pulling the Yarbary to the demon deacons.

"I saw how the new players united with the coaching staff. And how the coaches were excited about Wake and getting the program started and on a roll," Yarbary said.

While at North Augusta, just a "ho-hum" seven Yellow Jackets signing official letters. Brandon Maddox leaves for Air Force. While Jake Whitley stays a Yellow Jacket sticking with Georgia Tech.

"It's just a great feeling, I can't even describe it. It's just a weight lifted off of your shoulders. Working hard for this for four years, and it's finally here," Whitley said.

Burke County's do-it-all, playmaker, Donquell "Gator" Green will now don Marshall green, signing with the Thundering Herd.

A herd of Jefferson County Warriors put pen to paper, including Laderrick Hammond to Marshall, and TJ Clark to the Citadel.

In Williston, family was at the heart for Taylor Hearn. With older brother, a former walk-on at Clemson, Tigers' orange runs deep in the family's blood.

"It's special, just trying to make a name and follow in my brother's steps. It's pretty cool," Hearn said.

In Saluda, the lights were brightest on Dexter Wideman. Picking between the national champs and the home state team, Wideman stays close with the Gamecocks, surely to the delight of the "Head Ball Coach".

At Laney, big offensive lineman James Holman has signed with Howard University. With his size, Holman will fit in nicely with the Bison.

"Being close to home was a big factor (at first), but then after I had the support of my family, I decided to go to Washington DC.

At Strom Thurmond, the Rebels supported two signees. Kenyatta Dunbar pegs Gardner-Webb.

Quarterback Jauveer Hammond signs with the Citadel, ready to embrace all the Cadet life has to offer.

"I think it's going to be tremendous change, a great change for my future," Hammond said.

Apparently, Cadets come in pairs. Jauveer meet Jalen.

Westside QB Jalen Lampkin is also, all set for Charleston and the Bulldogs football team.

"I'm most looking forward to the military aspect. I'm kind of interested in all of that being structured...and it's in Charleston by the beach and that's pretty big," Lampkin said.

A pair of tight ends go Division one, Bamberg-Ehrhardt's KC Crosby makes it Gamecocks official. Wagener-Salley's RJ Tyler will be a Niner at UNC-Charlotte.

While Fox Creek teammates will be teammates again at the next level. Limestone College is the spot for Ty Yarbrough and Deondre Baskett

The ink is now dry, but a new chapter begins for athletes across the CSRA.

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