Nation Ford’s Yarborough, Hill to continue playing in college

mbanks@comporium.netMay 12, 2014 

— Nation Ford High girls’ basketball player Taylor Yarborough and football player Blake Hill recently signed national letters of intent to play college athletics.

Yarborough, who will attend Erskine College, is Nation Ford’s all-time girls leading scorer and was the first player in school history to score 1,000 points – the exact total for her career at Nation Ford. Yarborough, who plans on majoring in health and becoming a nurse, originally verbally committed to Belmont-Abbey College.

“Erskine just made a better offer,” she said.

Yarborough said she also liked what the school in Due West had to offer.

“I like the coaches and team,” she said. “And I like the location. I liked the atmosphere.”

Yarborough, who also owns the school record for most points in a single game, boy or girl, with 41 points against Indian Land in 2012, had considered Presbyterian College, Guilford College and Winthrop University. Slotted as a point guard at Erskine, she said the team is young, so her chances of getting considerable playing time her freshman year are good.

Hill will attend Wingate University where he will play outside linebacker.

He picked Wingate over Lenoir-Rhyne University and Charleston Southern University. For Hill, getting offers despite missing five games because of a shoulder injury makes things extra special.

“It’s like it was just meant to be,” he said.

Through seven games last year, he had 35 tackles, eight for losses, which led the team his senior season. He also had two fumble recoveries, which also was tied for the team lead, an interception and six pass break-ups. Because of those games missed, Hill’s numbers were somewhat diluted compared to what could have been projected during a full season.

Hill said what made Wingate stand out for him was its family feel.

“I felt like I was talking with my dad when I was talking with the coaches,” he said.

He plans on majoring in criminal justice.

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