SOUTH CAROLINA - The rumors have circulated throughout high school hallways, social media sites, and everywhere in between, but for some of the best football athletes in the area, everything is now final. National Signing Day has brought tough decisions for some, and simple ones for others, but now the most talented seniors on the Grand Strand and Pee Dee know where they'll be playing football next year.
The final decisions began at nine in the morning in the Pee Dee. Lake City standout Devaris Brunson has had his mind set on playing for East Carolina since last summer. Signing Day just turned out to be a formality for the future college athlete.
"I'm just ready to get to the next level," he said. "It's a big accomplishment for me. Since I was a little kid I wanted to play college football, so I'm finding my dream and got to the next level."
Another area star will join Brunson next year. Several Division One colleges went after Conway's Mykal Moody - but in the end, he decided Greenville was the place for him as well.
Moody explained, "I picked ECU because it's a great environment. The coaching staff is really great. The players made me feel at home, and they have great academics."
Though it's not Signing Day without a surprise, and some were thrown by the decision of Jabo Lee. After a committment to ECU that spanned the entire football season, a sudden change of heart will take him to the SEC, where he will become a Tennessee Volunteer. In his mind though, this decision was the right one all along.
"Tennessee has always been my number one team," he said. "I always wanted to commit there. It happened fast, when I committed to East Carolina it happened right on the spot. But I also took visits to Tennessee and that's really where I was set."
A trio of players will stay in the Palmetto state and play for Steve Spurrier. Offensive tackles Bryce King and D.J. Park from Dillon, along with kicker Max Huggins will join the Gamecocks, and look to add to the team's current tally of back-to-back 11 win seasons.
"I just picked Carolina because that's where my heart was growing up as a kid," said Huggins, who is a preferred walk-on. "They just offered me a guaranteed spot on their team starting this fall."
King said, "It's a big dream come true. I've wanted to play for South Carolina since I was a kid, and getting an opportunity to do that is very exciting for me."
One of the more touted defensive backs in our area will stay on the east coast. After missing much of the 2012 season due to injury, Myrtle Beach's Chocolate Wilson will take his ball-hawking skills to the Thundering Herd at Marshall University, in what was an easy decision.
"They treat me like family there, and that's the best place for my education," he said. "So me making the decision (to go there) is really big."
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