COLLEGE SIGNINGS

Many area athletes sign on with the next level


Published: Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 9:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 7, 2014 at 9:33 p.m.

Tyler Beauchamp

School: Bronson.

Sport: Football.

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-foot.

Weight: 175 pounds

College chosen: Warner University (Lake Wales)

Other schools considered: Saint Norbert College (Wisc.), Wesleyan (Conn.), Wittenberg University (Ohio)

Stats: An honorable mention all-area performer who passed for 422 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions for the 5-5 Eagles in 2013.

Quotable: “They have a diversified agricultural program, which is what I plan to major in. They are just starting out with a football team, and I would be able to help them. They recruited me as an athlete, mainly as a receiver and quarterback.“ — Tyler Beauchamp

Alex Wilkins

School: Newberry.

Sport: Football/baseball.

Position: Quarterback

Height: 6-foot-1.

Weight: 175 pounds

College chosen: Campbellsville University (Ky.)

Other schools considered: Waldorf (Iowa), Limestone (S.C.), Stetson (academics), West Florida (academics) and Mars Hill (N.C.)

Stats: Passed for 543 yards with seven touchdowns for the Panthers in 2013. Also first-team all-area in baseball, hitting .373 with 27 runs, 19 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. Also went 4-0 on the mound with a 2.15 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 29 innings of work. May walk-on in baseball.

Quotable: “Whenever I got in touch with assistant coach (Vincent) Davis, the conversation was really genuine. I asked a lot of questions about everything involved in the program. It is heading in the right direction. I felt very optimistic going to this place. That one phone call where I asked a lot of questions sealed the deal. It seems like the place for me to go.” — Alex Wilkins

Michael Linton

School: Eastside.

Sport: Football.

Position: Defensive line

Height: 6-foot-1.

Weight: 250 pounds

College chosen: Campbellsville University (Ky.)

Other schools considered: Mars Hill, Limestone, Livingstone

Stats: First team all-area in 2013 after posting 132 tackles, 27 for loss, 15 sacks, 3 forced fumbles for the Rams.

Quotable: “The direction between the player and coach, we talked pretty much every day (after the season). It has a family environment. I talked to the defensive line coach (Vincent Davis). I'm very explosive coming off the ball. Whatever technique they have for me, I welcome it gladly.” — Michael Linton

Chris Starling

School: Union County.

Sport: Baseball.

Position: Shortstop

Height: 6-foot.

Weight: 160 pounds

College chosen: Milligan College (Tenn.)

Other schools considered: Trinity Baptist

Stats: Second team all-area at shortstop, hit .323 with 21 runs, 20 RBIs, four doubles, a triple and a homer.

Quotable: “I liked the people and the coaches up there. They have a good baseball program, it is a good school. It is like home up there. I was able to visit during spring break.” — Chris Starling

Colten McAlister

School: Union County.

Sport: Baseball.

Position: Right field

Height: 5-11.

Weight: 165 pounds

College chosen: Trinity Baptist (Jacksonville)

Other schools considered: None

Stats: Batted .339 with two doubles and 8 RBIs for the Tigers.

Quotable: “It wasn't that far away from home.They have a good team. I liked the atmosphere about it. We all talked about going together.” — Colten McAlister

Corey Hersey

School: Union County.

Sport: Baseball.

Position: Pitcher/catcher

Height: 5-foot-10.

Weight: 155 pounds

College chosen: Trinity Baptist (Jacksonville)

Other schools considered: None

Stats: Second-team all-area who finished 6-0 and had a 1.41 ERA in 44.2 innings pitched, including two complete games. He struck out 43 and split time at catcher, hitting .312 with 10 runs and 11 RBIs.

Quotable: “It is something to start off with, a small school and build my way up. I plan to go there and get my AA and transfer to another school, play baseball and major in something.” — Corey Hersey

Daniel Rushing

School: Newberry.

Sport: Football.

Position: Noseguard, O-line

Height: 6-foot.

Weight: 270 pounds

College chosen: Concordia University (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Other schools considered: Southeastern University, Western California

Stats: He had eight tackles including one for loss and an effective blocker for team that averaged 180 yards rushing per game.

Quotable: “The area seemed really good, coaches were pretty straight forward. It is a new program, so I know I can start fresh. They recruited me for defense. They liked my speed on the D-line and think I can be a big impact this coming season.” ญญ— Daniel Rushing

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