By D’Vaungh Kelley, Sports Editor

Keenan students current and former recently signed to colleges during National Signing Day: (from left) Seniors Titus Hopkins, Tony McWhite, Preston Perkins and Jermale Matthews and graduate Tyler George.  McWhite signed with Campbell University, while the other four athletes signed with Limestone College. File Photo.

Five athletes signed to colleges this past Signing Day at Keenan.  Those athletes were Seniors Titus Hopkins, Tony McWhite, Preston Perkins and Jermale Matthews, and graduate Tyler George. These athletes have their unique stories, and some of them have given advice and their outlook on upcoming signees.

“Signing day was amazing; what made it more amazing was that I didn’t know if I was going to get to play football ever again,’’ Perkins said.

In a scrimmage before the season, Preston tore his ACL and LCL during a preseason match at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, which caused him not to play his Senior year.

Even players without injuries were grateful to secure their futures by signing.

“Signing day was a great experience, and I’m blessed that I have a full scholarship to a good college,’’ Matthews said.

Matthews, Perkins, Hopkins and George all signed to play football for Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.  Matthews has a football and wrestling scholarship, both of which are full scholarships.  Limestone College has recently started a football program and they will play its first season in 2014.

“Signing day was a pleasant surprise because I didn’t know if I would get any offers,” Hopkins said.

McWhite signed to play football for Campbell University, a Division 1 AA school in Buies Creek, N.C.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me: That’s the motto I live by and will continue to live by,” McWhite said.

All of these athletes feel like their respective schools are a great fit for them, and they want to make a heavy impact on them in their upcoming seasons.  They feel like next year’s signing class has a lot of potential, and they can go very far.

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