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Local athletes sign with colleges, universities

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Ben Boulware with his family on National Signing Day after he announces he will attend Clemson. (Feb. 6, 2013/FOX Carolina) Ben Boulware with his family on National Signing Day after he announces he will attend Clemson. (Feb. 6, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

High school football players across the Upstate and northeast Georgia will make their college declarations Wednesday, officially committing to their future universities.

Standouts from across the Upstate, South Carolina and nation will sign their national letter of intent Wednesday as a part of National Signing Day. The day provides many players a chance to celebrate with classmates, family and friends as all eyes will be watching as they sign their letters and don their school's athletic apparel.

A few Upstate players many are watching include Pendleton's Michael Hill who is headed to Ohio State, according to 104.9 FM Talk Sports' Roy Philpott. Philpott spoke with The Morning News on Wednesday where he said other Upstate players to watch were Greenwood's Davon Durant and Gaffney's Jaylen Miller, who signed with Tennessee.

Clemson and South Carolina's projected football class rankings are in the Top 20 and are expected to bring in some top recruits from within the state and across the country. 

The Tigers are expected to get at least two Upstate standouts, though they suffered a major blow after the nation's top recruit Robert Nkemdiche decommitted and announced on Wednesday he was headed to Ole Miss.

While losing Nkemdiche, Clemson picked up other standouts on Wednesday including cornerbacks Mackensie Alexander from Immokalee, FL, and Korrin Wiggins from Durham, NC.

The Gamecocks got their share of top recruits as well, including linebacker Larenz Bryant from Charlotte and defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin from Hoschton, GA. So far on Wednesday, most of the recruits were from out of state.

Below are some of the local players who have signed to play for several colleges in South Carolina.

Clemson University

  • Shaquille Lawson, defensive end from Daniel High School* 
  • Tyshon Dye, running back from Elberton County High School
  • D.J. Greenlee, from Daniel High School
  • Ben Boulware, linebacker from T.L. Hanna High School

Furman University

  • Trey Robinson, defensive back from Dorman High School

University of South Carolina

  • Ronnie Martin, corner back from Spartanburg High/Georgia Military College*
  • David Johnson, linebacker from Lithonia High School

*Note, some Upstate players have enrolled at their schools in January, officially announcing their intent to play on Wednesday.

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