Hilton Head Christian's Chisholm commits to S.C. State

mmccombs@islandpacket.comJanuary 30, 2013 

Hilton Head Christian Academy kicker Tyler Chisholm

At Hilton Head Christian Academy, head football coach Tommy Lewis used Tyler Chisholm in just about every big situation this season on the way to a second straight SCISAA Class 2-A state championship — kicker, punter, running back, pass-rush specialist.

“(He is) an incredibly gifted athlete,” Lewis said in Chisholm’s all-area nomination. “He can literally play any position.” Chisholm became the second member of the Eagles’ back-to-back title teams to commit to play football for a Division I school when he made his pledge to South Carolina State over the weekend.

For the immediate future, Chisholm, who made the Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette All-Area second team as a punter and made a 52-yard field goal this season, will have a much more specialized task as he competes for the chance to handle all the kicking duties for the Bulldogs next fall.

Chisholm committed while in Orangeburg over the weekend, and Bulldogs assistant Mike Adams was on the island Wednesday to go over what the signing process would be like.

“S.C. State had been in touch with me the whole time and were at the top of my list,” Chisholm said. “I liked how the football players held each other accountable. And the coaches push you on the field and in school.”

Also recruited by Sewanee, Chisholm chose a half scholarship from the Bulldogs over attending Clemson or South Carolina as a walk-on. Chisholm said he was still waiting on his acceptance letters from the in-state schools when he made his decision.

He doesn’t believe he’ll redshirt.

“I think I’ll have a spot right away,” he said.

Chisholm will sign his letter of intent first thing in the morning on signing day (Feb. 6), then take part in a 12:45 p.m. ceremony at the school during lunch.

AREA FOOTBALL COMMITMENTS

Division I

Tyler Chisholm, K/P, Hilton Head Christian — S.C. State

Dee Delaney, WR/DB, Whale Branch — The Citadel

Michael Julian, QB, Hilton Head High — Toledo

Jamario Williams, WR/DB, Hilton Head Christian — Wofford

Division II

Willie Doe, DL, Battery Creek — Newberry

C.J. Frazier, QB, Blufffton — Newberry

NAIA

Tyrik Spicer, Whale Branch, LB -- Edward Waters

*National Signing Day is Feb. 6

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