High School Sports

Bobcats' Black chooses North Carolina Tech

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

Sport: Football

High school coach: Ken Cribb

Position: Linebacker

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