Avoiding the hoopla of signing day and taking his time until he found the right fit, Bluffton's B.J. Hill signed a national letter of intent Wednesday at his home to play football for North Greenville University, a Division II school in Tigerville.
"The day after signing day, they invited me up and put me through some drills," Hill said. "They liked me. I liked the campus a lot. It just came out to be the school I picked.
"That was my first time there. When I first saw it, I said 'I like this campus a lot.' I went back home, and my parents and I made the decision I was going to go there."
Hill said he picked NGU over offers from Newberry and Tusculum because he liked the feel better.
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According to Hill, the Crusaders coaches want him to play safety and say the opportunity will be there to play early.
Hill was a defensive back for most of his high school career before moving to the offensive backfield for his senior year. Despite playing for much of the season with an ankle sprain, he rushed 11 times for 602 yards and six touchdowns.
As a junior defensive back, Hill made 56 tackles with five going for a loss. He recorded 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Hill hopes to major in education and minor in sports management and eventually teach and coach. He said his goal is to put academics first and then to "get bigger, faster, stronger."
FAULKNER TO COACH ALL-STARS
Hilton Head Prep boys basketball coach Jerry Faulkner has been chosen to coach one of the teams in the 2014 North Carolina All-Star Game to be held March 8 in Charlotte, N.C.
Faulkner won nine state championships and more than 700 games in 23 seasons as the coach at Charlotte Latin, making him the third winningest coach in North Carolina. He was a coach in the 2001 McDonald's All-American game, as well.
BA SWEEPS REGION 1-AA GIRLS HONORS
Beaufort Academy's Miranda Weslake has been named the Girls Player of the Year for SCISAA Region 1-AA, while Brock Vaigneur has earned Coach of the Year honors.
Thomas Heyward Academy's Ellie Bryan was named to the All-Region first-team, while Rebels Sidney Glassberg and Cheyanne Grey made the second team. Eagles Anna Dyer and Mary Keane earned a second-team honor.
For the boys, Dylan Tillotson was All-Region first team, while Davis Owens and Seth Jones were named to the second team.
OFFERS COME IN FOR HILTON HEAD ISLAND STARS
A week after the hoopla of signing day, Hilton Head Island High School wide receiver Aaron Frazier picked up three scholarship offers -- from Charlotte, Toledo and Ohio.
Frazier finished the season with 819 yards and five touchdowns on 44 receptions.
Tyler Hamilton, who just completed his freshman season, has drawn an offer from Toledo, as well. He had 310 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 65 carries last season as the Seahawks' second leading rusher. He also added 143 yards on 14 receptions.
DIXON STEPPING UP IN FLORENCE
Former Battery Creek pitcher Shane Dixon has earned a weekend starting position at Florence-Darlington Technical College, where Dixon is in his second year, according to former Battery Creek baseball coach Dan Tooman.
Dixon picked up a no decision in his first start this past weekend during a loss to Darton State. The right-hander pitched four innings and allowed four hits, with a strikeout, walk and earned run.
Dixon finished with a 3.13 earned run average and 54 strikeouts his senior season with the Dolphins.
PREP'S FEDERICO TO PLAY WITH JAYS
Hilton Head Prep junior baseball standout first baseman Stephen Federico will be joining the prominent Atlanta Blue Jays program for the 2014 travel ball season.
"I consider this a great honor," Federico said. " I am so blessed to have an opportunity to showcase my abilities on a national stage."