Four Nation Ford High seniors have committed to take their athletic abilities to college next year.
Football players Daniel Jackson and Demarcus Thompson, as well as lacrosse player Alex Skidmore and pitcher Josh Corley, all signed to play in college.
Corley, 17, will be attending Erskine College and pitching for the Flying Fleet next year.
Corley said he didn’t want to give up playing baseball just yet, and that Erskine was the best fit for him.
“They asked me what I wanted to do and I told them I just wanted to throw,” he said.
The future mathematics major went 4-1 his senior season and was a perfect 4-4 in save opportunities for Nation Ford. He also was named to the All-Region team and had a 1.54 ERA in 27.1 innings pitched, striking out 33 batters.
Corley looked at Winthrop University, Wofford College and USC-Sumter, but said the small-town feeling of Due West really attracted him to Erskine.
Skidmore becomes the first Nation Ford lacrosse player to sign with a college and will be attending Wesley College in Dover, Del.
Skidmore, 18, will be majoring in sports management. He scored 19 goals this past season in 12 games and added four assists. He connected on nearly 58 percent of his shots as he led the Falcons deep into the state playoffs, helping them get their first-ever playoff win in just their second year of existence.
Skidmore said he looked at Millsaps College in Mississippi as well as Johnson and Wales in Colorado, but was optimistic about his time at Wesley.
“I liked how the coaches talked and what they said about me playing,” he said.
Jackson, 18, will be attending Gray Military College in Columbia. He plans on majoring in radiology.
Jackson rushed for 2,400 yards the past two seasons on 239 carries and scored 25 touchdowns during this time, averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
Jackson said he looked at Carroll University and Averett University, but chose Gray because he liked their work ethic.
“They work hard and they are trying to better themselves just like me,” he said. “I liked the coaches and the fact they gave me a chance.”
Jackson hopes to transfer to a school like Wingate University, North Greenville University or Charleston Southern University.
Like Jackson, Thompson, 18, will be attending a smaller school to start his college career in hopes to jump to a bigger one.
Thompson, who plans on majoring in project management, will be going to Jireh Prep School in Monroe, N.C. to start. Thompson said it was the attention the school paid him that got him to choose it over Charleston Southern University, S.C. State or the Citadel.
“Most of it was them reaching out to me,” he said. “They have a good record of sending players to D-I (Division I) colleges and I wanted to be a part of that.”
Thompson had two interceptions – one returned for a touchdown this past season against York – and had 40 tackles and five pass break-ups. He will play either cornerback or free safety for the school.
He said he would eventually like to transfer to the University of South Carolina or Auburn University.