High School Sports

Charleston Southern honors former Battery Creek star Drafts

Collin Drafts didn't mind that Charleston Southern football was down.

He was accustomed to the challenge, to reversing low expectations. As a standout at Battery Creek, he helped lead the Dolphins to playoff wins his junior and senior seasons after the Dolphins had struggled previous years.

And after the Bucs finished 1-11 with Drafts starting at quarterback much of his true freshman season, he didn't let the team get down. As a sophomore, he led the team to a 5-5 record. Then he won Big South offensive player of the year honors in 2005 while leading Charleston Southern to a 7-4 season and the conference championship.

Drafts recently was recognized for his college career, being selected with five others to the Charleston Southern Hall of Fame. He will be inducted Oct. 2.

"It was a comfortable situation for me to be in," Drafts said. "Just being the underdog and going into a situation where people don't expect much and turning something around is very rewarding."

By his junior year, Drafts owned all of the Bucs' passing records. He finished just shy of 10,000 yards for his career and threw for more than 2,000 each of his final three seasons.

Since graduation, Drafts has bounced around the arena leagues. This past season, he quarterbacked the Arena Football League's Orlando Predators and threw for 588 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception.

During the offseason, he coaches quarterbacks at Olympia High School in Orlando and works as a substitute teacher. When his playing career is finished, he wants to teach and coach at the high school level like his father, Battery Creek athletics director John Drafts.

Others who were named to the Charleston Southern Hall of Fame class along with Drafts were: D'Angelo Dereef, who played from 1991-94 and is the school leader in rushing attempts and rushing yards; Josh Aydlette, who holds the school mark in the weight throw and indoor shot put; Anthony Reed, who won five Big South titles in the long jump and triple jump; and Priscilla Lauoletolo Moleni, a volleyball standout from 1992-93.