A pair of Clinton High football players signed on the dotted line this morning, and both are heading to the Big South Conference while staying in South Carolina.
They will, however, be on opposite sidelines.
Defensive back Kenyon Brown and kicker Truett Burns signed national letters of intent as part of National Signing Day at the high school – Brown staying in Clinton to play for Presbyterian College, while Burns is headed to the coast and play at Charleston Southern.
Brown, a two-way player for the Red Devils who is expected to play defensive back for the Blue Hose, finished last season with four receptions for 60 yards on offense, including a touchdown, and had 43 tackles and one interception on defense. Brown said he is relieved to have this day here and done.
“I’m ready to play football,” Brown said. “Playing at the next level has been a dream for me.”
Brown said he had drawn interest from other schools, including The Citadel and Furman. Brown said the Paladins showed interest in his being a wide receiver before it shifted to defensive back. Either way doesn’t matter to Brown. He said he just wants to be able to play.
Burns said new Buccaneers coach Jamey Chadwell, who previously was the coach at North Greenville University, was a factor in his decision.
“He had just a sheer passion for the game. He has a lot of intensity, but that intensity is a good intensity. He has a purpose to what he does,” Burns said.
Burns wrapped his career at Clinton with 17 PATs and three field goals, but where he shined was in the punting game. Burns had 32 punts for an average of 42.3 yards, a school record.