Wamer commits to SCSU

2013-01-23T01:45:00Z 2014-01-02T13:26:33Z Wamer commits to SCSUBy THOMAS GRANT JR., T&D Senior Sports Writer The Times and Democrat

Michael Wamer needed a couple of days to make sure the place he wanted to continue his football career in college was the right decision.

On Tuesday, the T&D Region ‘Elite 11’ outside linebacker out of Woodland High School announced his decision to verbally commit to South Carolina State following a campus visit this past weekend.

“I like the facilities and how they treat their players,” he said. “It’s also close to home.”

The 6-3, 205-pound senior had drawn interest from four schools, including Appalachian State, The Citadel and Presbyterian. As a junior, Wamer had tallied 127 tackles for the Wolverines to earn first-team T&D Region honors.

This past season, Wamer had 41 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, five sacks, two fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown), and six interceptions to earn T&D All-Area Honorable Mention.

“I’m very physical. I like to hit,” Wamer said. “I’m an impact player.”

In addition to football, Wamer has been active in basketball, track and field and football. He’s currently averaging 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Woodland boys’ basketball team.

In addition to close proximity from St. George and a high comfort level with the coaches, Wamer was also intrigued with the school’s history of sending players into the NFL. As of Friday, there are five players signed to NFL teams, including last year’s fourth-round draft pick safety Christian Thompson of the AFC champion Baltimore Ravens.

“They have a good connection to the NFL,” he said. “That’s a good option.”

Wamer’s decision gives the Bulldogs seven verbal commitments from this past weekend. It was previously reported North-South All-Star quarterback Kylen Binn (6-5, 210) of Blythewood; tight end Zane Fields (6-2, 235) of Lovejoy High School in Hampton, Ga.; defensive linemen Dayshawn Taylor (5-11, 240) of Lincoln County High School and Greg Newell (6-2, 220) out of the Atlanta Sports Academy, both in Georgia; and wide receiver Chris Trimmings (5-11, 180) of Brunswick High School in Georgia had all verbally committed after visiting the campus this past weekend.

Also committing was defensive end Ty Cravens out of Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Ga. An All-Region selection, the 6-1, 215-pound senior was reportedly offered a scholarship by Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Florida A&M.

S.C. State will hold a final recruiting visit prior to National Signing Day on Feb. 6 this weekend on campus.

Journal names Bulldog to All-Freshman team

South Carolina State freshman Javon Hargrave was named to the College Sports Journal 2012 FCS All-Freshman Team announced on Tuesday.

A 6-2, 295 defensive tackle out of North Rowan High in Salisbury, N.C., Hargrave started 10 of 11 contests for the Bulldogs, recording 45 total tackles, 26 unassisted with five tackles for loss and three sacks.

He was one of six freshman selected by the Journal out of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The others were safety Terrick Colston (Delaware State), defensive end Damon Gresham-Chisholm (Howard), cornerbacks Aaron Matthews (Hampton) and Ryan Smith (North Carolina Central) and linebacker Elandon Roberts (Morgan State).

Contact the writer: tgrant@timesanddemocrat.com or by calling (803) 533-5547. For more information about S.C. State athletics, read Grant’s blog “Following the Bulldogs” at www.thebulldogzone.com. Follow Grant on itter@TandDSports.

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