Daniel High’s football team had a memorable season, posting a 14-1 record and coming painfully close to the Lions’ first state championship in 15 years.
The team advanced to the Class AAA final and lost when Myrtle Beach kicked a field goal on the game’s final play.
Nonetheless, Daniel coach Randy Robinson said the team would leave a lasting legacy, and Lions fans were reminded of that on Feb. 5, national signing day. A record 12 Daniel seniors are accepting scholarships or walking on to college programs this year.
Shrine Bowl running back Jae’lon Oglesby, who rushed for 2,176 yards with 21 touchdowns, leads a quartet bound for Clemson. He’ll be joined by twin brothers J.D. and Judah Davis — linebackers and sons of former Tigers All-American Jeff Davis — and kicker Christian Groomes, a preferred walk-on.
“Clemson has just been a beneficiary because it’s so close, and we’ve had some kids who were really good perform real well down there,” said Daniel coach Randy Robinson, who graduated from Daniel and Clemson. “One of the goals I had when I got the head job was to try to promote these kids to get college scholarships. That’s our goal, just to get them college educations.”
The Lions’ other Shrine Bowler, linebacker Solomon Brown, signed with Charleston Southern, as did defensive lineman Tyrell Fleming. Two other members of Daniel’s stellar defense signed: linebacker Michael Peppers with Catawba and lineman Lee Eddleman with Newberry.
Linebacker Neil Monaghan and defensive back Daulton Pilgrim accepted offers as preferred walk-ons at Wofford and North Greenville, respectively, and punter Andy Fowler signed with North Greenville.
* Daniel had two other signees: Elizabeth Dawson with Clemson for cross country and Amy Barton with Southern Wesleyan for track.
Dawson was the Class AAA state runner-up in cross country in November, and both Dawson and Barton were members of the Lions’ 2013 state championship track team.
Staff Writer Michael Burns contributed to this report.