Seven more York athletes sign with college

genegraham@comporium.netApril 18, 2013 

— Four more Cougar football players have received college scholarships, York Comprehensive High School officials announced Monday, bringing the number to 12 since National Signing Day in February. Also recognized for signing letters-of-intent was a girls’ soccer standout and two YCHS wrestlers

Four more Cougar football players have received college scholarships, York Comprehensive High School officials announced Monday, bringing the number to 12 since National Signing Day in February.

Also recognized for signing letters-of-intent was a girls’ soccer standout and two YCHS wrestlers.

“We are extremely proud of these young men,” head football coach Bobby Carroll. “A lot of work went into the preparation of video footage for the college scouts.”

Three Cougar football stalwarts — Jiquese Brown, Ty Currence and Qadry Cobb — will join the football program at Limestone College in the fall, along with quarterback Spencer Carroll, who had already committed.

Brown, the son of Angela Brown and Roscoe Love, is a cornerback eager to make his mark.

“I believe I can play in the defensive secondary at the next level and set a record,” said Brown. “I know I can contribute at the college level.”

Brown said he aware of the commitment it will take to step to the front for the Limestone team. “I will work hard in the offseason to prepare for the college game,” he said. “I will work to get bigger and stronger.”

Currence, who plays linebacker, is the son of Sherry Currence. His uncle is Eric Currence.

“I feel confident I can do what it takes to play linebacker at Limestone,” he said. “I like the coaches and look forward to becoming part of the program at Limestone.”

Currence likes the campus and is excited about the challenge of building a program from scratch. “I will do the work it takes to make my game better for college ball,” he said.

Cobb, a burly offensive lineman, is the son of Shannon and David Cobb. “I visited Limestone and like the campus,” said Cobb. “It’s not too big.”

Cobb believes the coaches will find a place for him in the offensive line. “I will work hard to show them what I can do,” he said. “It’s exciting that we will have four Cougars playing for Limestone.”

Cougar wide receiver Tay Neely, the son of Janelle Neely, will play football for Newberry College. Neely got a look at Newberry football when he attended a spring game.

“It gave me a chance to see how they run their offense and defense,” he said.

Neely said college will be a faster pace than high school. “I have confidence I can do what it takes to contribute to the Newberry program,” he said.

Lena Patrick, the daughter of Mark and Robin Patrick, will play soccer for Coker College next season. Patrick has a solid soccer background, with four years at the high school level as a member of the Lady Cougar team and three years of club soccer.

“I am excited to be able to compete at the college level,” she said. “I plan to train during the summer for a new challenge at Coker. I will participate in summer camp and work on conditioning.”

Patrick liked what she saw when she visited Coker College. “The campus is beautiful,” she said.

Robert Cunningham, the son of Tina Hemphill and Robert Cunningham Sr., will take his success on the wrestling mat to Ferrum College in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

Cunningham practiced with the wrestling team when he visited Ferrum.

Cunningham said he has the mindset to be successful.

“Half the battle is being mentally prepared,” he said. “I used a positive mental approach and technique to win matches for the Cougars, and plan to do the same against college opponents.”

York’s Rainey Moore, the son of Gwen Burris and Ronald Douglas, will join the Spartanburg Methodist wrestling team next season.

“I attended one of the Spartanburg Methodist camps and the coaches showed an interest in me,” he said. “They feel I can contribute and know I will do what it takes to be successful. I like the campus and the coaches and look forward to a new challenge at the college level.”

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