SALUDA — Saluda sent three football players to the college ranks Wednesday for National Signing Day.
Defensive back C.J. Bosket signed with Navarro College, offensive tackle Trey McGraw signed with Limestone College and running back Jeremiah Stevens signed with Erskine College.
Saluda coach Stewart Young said those three players — plus Raquon Hartley, who signed with Middle Tennessee State on early signing day — are examples for future Saluda student-athletes.
“Like I told the guys at the end of the ceremony, if you do things the right way, you don’t get in trouble in the classroom and you play football at a high level, you can do it,” Young said. “The proof’s right here. All four of those guys, with Raquon Hartley included, are top-notch kids. They don’t go to ISS, they don’t skip school. They’re just top-notch.”
Navarro College, where Bosket signed, is a junior college in Corsicana, Texas, that signs only eight out-of-state players per season. Bosket said Navarro College will give him a chance to play at the Division I level.
“It feels good (to sign), but I know I’ve got to go down there with my head right,” Bosket said. “I’m going to have to battle for a position. It’s like a job in college now.”
Bosket was a North/South and All-Lakelands selection. He holds the career interceptions record at Saluda.
McGraw said he couldn’t see a college football career in his future a couple years ago. But with hard work and successful seasons in his junior and senior years, he achieved his goal.
“Speaking to Coach (Brent) Wilder and Coach Young, they got me right and it’s just a dream come true,” McGraw said.
McGraw will join former Saluda players Tyrel Abney and Malik Brooks at Limestone.
Stevens will attend Erskine for his freshman year and join the football team, which begins play in fall 2020 when he will be a sophomore.
The Fleet have recruited many area players, and Stevens is excited to join a lot of familiar faces. He said he will likely continue to play running back at Erskine.
“I just want to thank all the coaches and Coach Young for teaching me how to be a man and doing things the right way,” Stevens said. “And I want to thank Erskine for giving me the opportunity to be a leader. It’s a wonderful feeling, knowing that I’ve got four more years to play football.”