0207 Sevoy Jeter

Front row, from left, are Chris Jeter, Sevoy Jeter and Shamanique Jeter. Back row, from left, are Eric Stevens, Nick Sheetz, James Jeter, Cameron Gordon and Jamar Crawford.

Emerald lineman Sevoy Jeter made some of his best memories in football wearing a purple jersey. Now that his time at Emerald High is over, the thing he remembers best is how the Vikings accepted him after a year away.

Jeter played at Belton-Honea Path for one year during high school, but came back to Emerald the next.

“The coaches took me in and let me play,” Jeter said. “A lot of love for Coach Mac (Tim McMahon), lot of love for Coach (Chris) Deal, they were always there for me. They just told me to do this and do that and I did it.”

Jeter signed Wednesday with Palmetto Prep, a post-grad preparatory football program, at Next Level Fitness.

“It feels good to be out of high school and get ready for the next level,” Jeter said. “That’s what it’s all about, is going to the next level and doing the next thing in your career.”

At Emerald, Jeter manned a defensive line that served as a strength for the Vikings during his senior season. Jeter is a 6-foot-2 defensive tackle.