Prep notebook, Feb. 22: Hilton Head Island High's Poona Ford picks up honors, offers

mmccombs@islandpacket.comFebruary 22, 2013 

Thursday was a banner day for Hilton Head Island High rising senior defensive tackle Poona Ford.

According to Seahawks head football coach B.J. Payne, Ford received scholarship offers from Missouri and Purdue, was named an All-American by Tom Lemming and CBS Sports and received an invitation to play in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl in Los Angeles next January.

Ford already held offers from South Carolina, Illinois, Toledo, Marshall, Utah State and Georgia Tech.

"It looks like Arkansas and Arizona are both coming real soon, and Wisconsin could be soon, too," Payne said. "I wouldn't be surprised if he picked up five more offers in the next week."

Payne said Ford would wait before committing to the Semper Fi game, as he could still earn invites to the Under Armour and U.S. Army games.


Bluffton's C.J. Frazier, B.J. Hill and Demetrius Smalls were named to the All-Region 8-AAAA team. Beaufort High's Kendrick Colvin and Thomas Parker were on the team, as well.

Summerville's Greg Elliott, the former Hilton Head Island High coach, was named region coach of the year.

For the girls, Bluffton's Dynasty Mervin and Beaufort High's Jordan Fields were named All-Region 8-AAAA.

In SCISAA Region 3-AAA, Hilton Head Christian's Brad Meccariello and the Hilton Head Prep duo of John Eck and Randy Young, all juniors, made the all-region team.

On the girls side, Hilton Head Christian freshman Ziarra Doe and eighth-grader Macee Tamminen were selected.

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