HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Three Hartsville High School students signed national letters of intent Wednesday morning to play collegiate football.
Datavious Wilson will play for Wofford College, Eddie Martin will play for North Greenville University, and Riquan Cotton will play for Wingate University.
The three senior athletes signed their letters inside the Hartsville High School Arena before an energetic crowd of students, family members and school administration.
Athletic Director Phyllis Griggs commended Wilson, Martin and Cotton for setting model examples for other student-athletes preparing for life after high school.
“It’s a great day to be a Red Fox.” Griggs said. “The accomplishments you can achieve from hard work on the fields and in the classroom show here today. They can continue the sport that they love, and also they can get a college education.”
Wilson, a linebacker, finished with a school record 401 tackles, including 30 1/2 tackles for loss. Wilson had five career interceptions, three forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and 3 1/2 sacks. He was selected to play in a Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, twice was region Defensive Player of the Year, and three times was named to the All-State team.
Martin, a linebacker and a safety, finished his career with 195 tackles, seven tackles for loss, one interception, three sacks and two fumble recovers. He was named to a North-South All-Star game and twice was named to the All-Region team.
Cotton, a cornerback, finished with 101 tackles, three interception, four tackles for loss, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He was named to a North-South All-Star game and twice was named to the All-Region team.
Head football coach Jeff Calabrese spoke to the character of the three, praising their commitment for collective success.
“Everyone might not understand how much hard work and dedication came into this,” Calabrese said. “And while today is for each of them individually, I think they would say that our team goals were always more important than their individual goals.”
The outgoing senior Hartsville High School football class, which includes Cotton, Wilson and Martin, compiled a 51-4 record, won a Class 3A state championship, achieved a state runner-up finish and won four region championships.
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