Davion Anderson is quick to admit that he will miss playing quarterback.
But he also understands that his future is in the defensive backfield, and that is what led him to sign a scholarship with Charleston Southern on Wednesday. Like most programs, Charleston Southern recruited Anderson as a safety, which Anderson feels is a great fit.
“I loved having the ball in my hands as a quarterback, but I pretty much knew that I was probably more suited to play safety in college,” said Anderson, who was also recruited by Western Carolina and Fort Valley State. “My father started telling me at about 5 years old that I could play college football if I worked hard, and (Wednesday was) just a very proud moment for not only me, but for my family and for Northeast High School.”
Anderson admitted to being interested in Charleston Southern from the very start.
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“They were the first school to offer me a scholarship, and after that, it was like they were my girlfriend for the next year and a half,” said Anderson, with a big smile. “I mean they called or texted me every day and made me feel like they really wanted me, and that was a very important part of being recruited. When I visited the campus, I knew I was hooked. I saw that most of the classes only had 15 students in them, and that is just perfect for me. I feel like I will do much better academically in a smaller classroom. The best way to describe why I am going to Charleston Southern is that they just out recruited everyone else for me.”
Khailyl West also signed. West, who recently was named MVP of the GHSA All-Star game, will head to Fort Valley State, where he was recruited as a cornerback.
“Fort Valley State felt like home the very first time I visited,” said West, who is also a starter on the Raiders basketball team. “I felt like the school is small enough to be able to get to know everyone, but big enough to play great college football, and that is what made my decision easy. I know that I will miss basketball a lot because I have been playing it all my life, but I know that football is what I need to focus on.”
Northeast head coach Bruce Mullen, who had two players sign scholarships last year, was glad to see more of his former players get a chance to move on and keep playing.
“I always feel bad that I can’t help every single kid have a place to play, but that just isn’t possible anymore” Mullen said. “But it is always a great day when I see players reach their goals. Davion and Khailyl have worked hard and deserve everything they get, and have been great role models for our younger players, and I think both of them will continue to improve.”