Hilton Head High long snapper Skyler Korinek is transferring to IMG Academy in Florida for his final season of high school football.
"It was one of those opportunities where I had to look at it, what is the best opportunity," Korinek said. "I'm going to miss all my friends and my teammates most of all."
Korinek, who was due to be a starter in the fall, received interest from the private training institute, located in Bradenton, Florida, in January. Skyler's father Kurt said once they started researching the opportunity, it was one that would be hard to turn down.
"After researching the IMG Academy, it was such a great opportunity, and such a tremendous opportunity for exposure," Kurt Korinek said. "Their training facility is just unbelievable. Skyler's goal is to play college football as a long-snapper."
The rising senior said he is thankful for the work that the Hilton Head coaching staff put in to make him a better player. Ultimately, despite it being a tough decision, Korinek felt it was the best one for his future.
"It would be amazing," Korinek said of the possibility of playing at the next level. "I've always wanted to play college football. It would be a dream come true."
Seahawks coach B.J. Payne said the team would miss Korinek's contributions.
"He's a great kid. He is a great academic student as well," Payne said. "He's got to make the choice that he feels is best for himself and his future, and that's what he feels is best."
Korinek said his favorite memory of playing football for Hilton Head is the team's two straight wins over Bluffton.