UNION COUNTY — Five Union County High School senior athletes officially signed to play college sports this week.
On Friday morning, Union County wide receiver Montray Feaster signed as a preferred walk-on for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks.
Feaster said he has always wanted to play for the Gamecocks since he was a small child.
“I looked at a lot of smaller schools,” Feaster said, mentioning that he had considered playing at a junior college.
“But when USC called, I couldn’t pass up that opportunity, and I’d rather earn it on the field.”
Feaster said he received a call from USC’s running backs coach Bobby Bentley, and Bentley told him he liked what he saw in Feaster’s highlight videos.
Feaster said he will miss playing with his teammates at UCHS, but he’s glad to know he will see a lot of them — such as Shi Smith, Roscoe Johnson, Demarcus Brown, TJ Glenn and DeShawn Thompson — playing football after high school.
“I’m ready to go to work,” Feaster said in regard to what he looks forward to about USC.
Montray Feaster is the son of Markeda Epps and Travis Feaster.
Union County soccer player Sean Brown has signed to play for the Spartanburg Methodist College Pioneers.
Brown will be a goal keeper under SMC’s Coach Kevin Nolan.
“I look forward to being around all the people at SMC,” Brown said. “They have an amazing coaching staff. It’s great.”
Brown started every game of his three-year varsity career at UCHS, and he said he will miss seeing his teammates. He looks forward to the next chapter of his soccer career, however.
“I give God the glory,” Brown said. “I am blessed.”
Sean Brown is the son of Carolyn and Richie Brown.
Although he committed to play for the University of North Carolina over the summer, Roscoe Johnson made it official by signing Wednesday morning.
Since the summer, Johnson has talked about how he admires UNC Head Coach Larry Fedora and co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Gunter Brewer. While wearing “Carolina blue” shoes, Johnson echoed the same on Friday.
“They stuck with me through everything,” Johnson said. “They believed in me. It’s more than just football.”
Johnson said he is ready to get to work on learning plays.
“Playing time is based off knowing the playbook, so I’m ready to stick my nose in the book and learn,” Johnson said.
Johnson is the son of Sharon Peake.
On Wednesday, Union County baseball player Jordan Jeter signed to play left field for the Catawba Valley Redhawks under Coach Paul Rozzelle.
Jeter said he decided to take the junior college route to allow him to weigh his options.
“I look forward to the opportunity to develop as a player,” Jeter said.
Jeter said he enjoyed his four years at UCHS and will miss friends and family, but he is excited about the opportunity at Catawba Valley.
Jordan Jeter is the son of Penny and George Jeter.
On Wednesday, Union County linebacker TJ Glenn signed to play for the Catawba College Indians under Head Coach CJ Walker.
“I’m glad I’ll be playing football again,” Glenn said.
Glenn said he chose Catawba College because of both academics and athletics.
“They have an awesome business school, and their football team is most definitely on the rise,” he said.
The team won their conference championship last year.
“They made me feel like I could play a big role in the team’s journey to another championship,” Glenn said.
Glenn said he will miss playing in the warm atmosphere Union County provides.
“I will definitely miss playing in my hometown in front of my family and friends,” he said.
TJ Glenn is the son of Stephanie and Jerome Glenn.
Derik Vanderford can be reached at 864-762-4128 or [email protected]