Lewis Black will admit he had never heard of North Carolina Tech before a couple of months ago. But the deal the school offered Bluffton High School's senior was simply too sweet to pass up.
Black has agreed to attend North Carolina Tech to play football in the fall.
He won't have to make a significant adjustment to college football. Black says coaches at North Carolina Tech already have projected him as a freshman starter, and he will be calling the plays for the defense -- the same assignment he had as the Bobcats' middle linebacker in 2010, when he made 164 tackles on a team that reached the Class 3-A Lower State title game.
"I'll be stepping into the same role I had here (at Bluffton) -- I like that a lot," Black said. "I've been playing football since I was 5 or 6, and I've always played linebacker."
Black was named The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette Defensive Player of the Year last season.
Name: Lewis Black
High school: Bluffton
High school coach: Ken Cribb
College: North Carolina Tech
Probable major: Undecided
Why North Carolina Tech? "I like the atmosphere, and I was immediately attracted to it," Black said. "I like the attitude of everyone there. They seem to expect to win. I like that confidence."
Other schools considered: Nassau Community College (N.Y.), Louisburg (N.C.)
Other high school sports played: Tennis, lacrosse
Accolades: The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette Defensive Player of the Year for 2010, led Bluffton with 164 tackles, 2010 all-region selection