EASLEY — The Easley High School Green Wave will be represented at the next level in athletics following National Signing Day held Wednesday with five student-athletes signing national letters of intent.
Quaven Ferguson, C. J. Fuller, Scott Mode, Abby Smith and Brittany Waldrep were all smiles as a large gathering of friends, family, coaches and faculty were on hand for the big day.
“What a great day for Easley,” Easley High School Principal Dr. Tim Mullis said. “Parents, faculty, staff and these students all need to be congratulated. This is a coordinated and combined effort for our students, and there should be congratulations all around.”
Ferguson, a defensive end, signed to play football for the up and coming program at Duke University under head coach David Cutcliffe, and according to him, the choice was clear where he would continue his education anticipating a major in sports medicine. The Blue Devils are coming off their first ever appearance in the ACC Championship game.
“It kind of took a while for today to get here but I’m glad it’s finally time,” Ferguson said of his wait to sign. “I chose Duke because I think I’ll get an opportunity to play and get a great education. I can’t wait.”
C. J. Fuller, a tailback who rushed for over 2,000 yards in 2012, is going to be closer to home, signing with Clemson University. Fuller struggled with the decision but finally decided on the Tigers.
“I’m excited to be playing close to home,” Fuller said. “Clemson’s only 15 miles from home and my friends and family.”
Mode will be headed to Greenville, Tenn., as a place kicker and punter for Tusculum College where one visit was all he needed to make his decision.
“I went up for a visit last weekend and I liked the school and the campus,” Mode said about his decision. “I was down to three schools, but the way Tusculum does a block scheduling for classes, one class for 18 days instead of a full load at a time made a big difference for me.”
Southern Wesleyan University will see Smith take the court in volleyball beginning this fall. Smith missed half of this past season due to injuries and still was among the team’s leaders in blocks, digs and kills.
“I’m a homebody and wanted to be close to home,” Smith said of SWU. “I get to stay close to my parents, who I have the best relationship with, so I get to come home when I want. Being close to home was the most important thing for me.”
Waldrep, offensive MVP for the Lady Green Wave soccer program, has decided to take her game to North Greenville University. The three year letterman and five year varsity player made her decision on her academic goals.
“North Greenville has a great physical therapy program and that was big for me,” Waldrep said. “I love the campus too, but the program was the extra I needed to make my choice.”
For the school, district and community, the opportunity for these students to continue their careers at the collegiate level speaks for itself, according to Grayson Howell, Green Wave head football coach.
“No matter the size or scope of the school, this is exciting for everybody,” Howell said. “We get to see all the effort put in by these kids and get to watch as they move on with their lives. Today is a great day for Easley.”