MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Playing a college sport is a goal many high school athletes have, but rarely accomplish.
Three senior athletes in the Grand Strand will get that chance to keep playing the sports they love at the college level.
“It’s amazing a lot of people don’t get this opportunity,” said Nathan Hyler, a North Myrtle Beach soccer player.
Since the age of three, soccer has been a major part of Nathan Hyler’s life, who signed his national letter of intent to play at North Greenville University.
“It’s always been on the radar to go to North Greenville,” said Hyler.
A few miles down the road at the Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach, seniors Mike Green and Tatiana Harrelson signed their letters of commitment in front of friends, family and classmates.
“I really clicked with the coach and teammates as well, and I also know one girl coming in as a freshman with me,” said Tatiana Harrelson who committed to play tennis at the University of Tampa.
Saints basketball star Mike Green, who holds nearly every basketball record, chose to turn down several scholarship offers and pursue his dream of playing at the University of South Carolina as a preferred walk-on.
“I’m just excited to have the opportunity, I’m just excited to get out there and start competing and start working hard,” said Green.
Unlike Tatiana and Mike, Nathan is home schooled and through the Equal Access to Interscholastic Activities law, he was able to play at North Myrtle Beach and get a scholarship to keep playing in college.
“I get a lot of questions about it but it’s pretty simple and pretty much the same as being in a public school,” said Hyler.
As each embark on the next chapter of their lives as NCAA student athletes, their coaches could not be more confident about their future success.
“He’s one of the most humble kids I’ve ever coached in my life, powerful on the field but he’s more powerful in life,” said Kevin Jones.
“I’m just excited for him in the new challenge and we start preparing for that now," Colin Stevens, Green’s high school coach, said,
All three will be graduating in the coming weeks and soon heading off to start practicing with their new teams and preparing for the upcoming season.