Felder at O-W signs with SCSU (web)

Orangeburg-Wilkinson wide receiver Zachary "Zach" Felder, at center, signed a national letter of intent during Wednesday's National Signing Day to stay in Orangeburg and play football at South Carolina State University, beginning this fall. Seated with Felder is his mother, Dedra Felder, and father, Samuel Felder.

CHRIS CLARK, T&D

Orangeburg-Wilkinson senior wide receiver Zach Felder told Bruins head coach Tommy Brown before this past season that he wanted to be "the man" when it came to big pass plays to help his team win.

After stepping up and leading his team in his final prep campaign, Felder signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday's National Signing Day to play football across town at South Carolina State, beginning this fall.

"Now it's just time to go back to work," Felder said, with a smile, after signing with the Bulldogs program. "I asked for the ball this year, through my work.

"I had an offer from Hampton (University), but there's really no place like home. This is a blessing, no matter what opportunity you get to play college ball."

Felder's parents, Samuel and Dedra Felder, are both graduates of S.C. State. The family has attended many games together through the years, so joining the Bulldogs program seemed like the perfect fit for Felder's future. 

"I remember waking up on Sunday morning and watching the Buddy Pough Show all the time," Felder said. "I love the crowd at Bulldogs games. It's an atmosphere I just want to play in. I want to be a part of the group that gets the Bulldogs back to the Celebration Bowl.

"They told me to come to camp and put in work. I'm ready. All I need is an opportunity. I'm just aggressive; I go up and high point the football. Just get me the ball and I'll do what I can."

Felder scored seven touchdowns from his wide receiver slot this past season at O-W, returned one kickoff for a touchdown and had 52 receptions for 621 yards.

"We have several players from O-W already over there on the team at South Carolina State, and that's where I graduated from before having my successful career," Brown said. "It's good for the program and good for the fans in the stands to see local players getting the chance to play for the Bulldogs.

"I'm excited for him. You have to be a student-athlete to get this opportunity. Zach is and that's so important. He led us on and off the field. He was all-region and all-area for us. He has a lot of growth potential on the college level.

"You can't coach somebody to have size and speed, he brings that to the table and that's to his advantage."

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