Mauldin High’s Dre Massey often was mobbed on the football field after wins during his career as quarterback with the Mavericks.
But there was one more scrum in store for Massey after he chose to take his football talents to East Carolina University on National Signing Day.
Family members, friends, classmates and coaches surrounded Massey and squeezed together for photos after he signed with ECU on Feb. 5 in the school’s media center.
“During my visit, everybody talked about family and the new stuff coming to the program. I wanted to be a part of it,” Massey said, noting he looked at South Carolina, North Carolina, Clemson and Georgia as well.
Massey joined five other Maverick signees recruited in football, swimming and soccer. Four elected to sign with in-state schools.
Swimmer Lauren Price (Converse College) said she looked at the University of Kentucky, but opted for a smaller school because she feels she can go further in her development as a swimmer.
Soccer goalkeeper Tyler Melson (Harding University in Arkansas) treasures a memory from his freshman year as a Maverick when he was called up in a match that came down to penalty kicks. After some crucial saves, Mauldin ended up winning the tournament, he said.
Football players Tyler Reimer (North Greenville University), Charles Freeman (Limestone University) and C.J. Thomas (The Citadel) celebrated with their supporters after they signed.
Reimer said he’s excited about playing tight end at NGU. Freeman said Limestone “felt like home” when he visited. Thomas, who plans to study electrical engineering, said he’s a preferred walk-on and is up for the challenge as he tries to earn playing time with the Bulldogs.