EASLEY—Four Easley High football players made their college decisions official on National Signing Day, signing letters of intent to continue their careers at the next level.
Troy McGowens (Charleston Southern University), Jake Foster (Presbyterian College), Sam Houston (North Greenville University) and Jordan Hennessee (Wingate University) were honored during a ceremony on Wednesday, and Easley Athletic Director said the school could not be more proud of the four.
“This is the part of it that never gets old,” Carter said. “When you’re around these kids like we are, you see kids that should have the opportunity to play on the next level, but are often times lost in the tracks. These four guys emulate everything that is great about Easley High School.”
Carter said the four signees have accomplished so much during their time at Easley.
“These four represent the perfect student athlete experience and what we strive for,” Carter said. “To be able to match the strenuous physical ability with superior academics that the colleges now demand is something special. I can’t say enough about the legacy that this senior class will leave behind.”
McGowens, who is also a standout on the basketball court as well, has flirted with the idea of playing both sports in college. Carter said the idea has been discussed, but nothing has been nailed down.
“I think he would like to have that opportunity, but at this point we haven’t been able to iron out any specific details,” Carter said. “That will probably be something that they work out between the coaching staff at Charleston Southern.”
Carter said the contributions of these four seniors will not likely be matched soon.
“Some kids, when they graduate and move on you can maybe replace them with the next guy, but we’ll never be able to replace these four guys,” Carter said. “They are such high quality kids. You may be able to fill in their spot but you will never be able to match them.”
After all the wins and success these players have seen in the past couple of years, Carter said he hopes they will be able to take these positive experiences with them to the next level.
“What’s neat about this to me is that these guys were involved in the middle of a coaching change,” Carter said. “I think it will probably be a long time before we have another senior class get 29 wins. These kids getting to play sports in college is just the icing on the cake. The lessons they have learned in our program will hopefully stay with them at the next level.”