Wednesday, February 05, 2014

It's official: Williston-Elko's Taylor Hearn is going to Clemson

Hearn officially signs at 10:01 to go to Clemson




All that was needed was his signature.

And once he put pen to paper while it was raining heavily at 10:01, Taylor Hearn made it official.  He is going to Clemson.

“It's been an incredible journey. I've been waiting on it a while, and it's finally hear,” said the 6 foot 3 inch, 305 lb Blue Devil offensive lineman. “It's pretty crazy to be at this moment. It's exciting.”

Mr. Hearn was nominated to the all-Aiken Standard first team offense, although he also played on the other side of the line as a defensive lineman during his time at Williston-Elko.  He was part of the Blue Devils ever since 2010, their most recent state championship appearance to date.  He ranked eighteenth in the state among offensive tackles and 65th nationally among all offensive linemen.

“I'm just a competitor,” said Mr. Hearn. “I like to compete, and I'm hard working. That's definitely going to carry on when I get up there (to the next level).”

Dwayne Garrick also mentioned Mr. Hearn's ability to compete. He believes it could translate into competition for playing time early on in his career at Clemson (and elsewhere, should he later decide to transfer) and even potential on a higher level at some point.  Coach Garrick praised Mr. Hearn's big play physicality and work ethic among other intangibles that set him apart from other athletes.

“He's aggressive and competitive you know, you've got a lot of big kids out there who are offensive lineman that are kind of passive,” said the W-E head coach and athletic director. "He's an aggressive, ‘get after you' kind of player. The big thing is he loves to compete, so I look for him to compete early for a chance to play."

Mr. Hearn thanked his teammates and the coaching staff at W-E for all the help he received. He mentioned that he would always be a Blue Devil, and he hopes that he can inspire others much like his coach.
“He's going to play on the elite level,” said Coach Garrick. “It's a big deal for our program, especially since we're a small program. Having kids sign and seeing that all the things we're preaching to them are going to pay off is always good for the school and other kids in the program.”

The rest of the locals who signed letters of intent will be mentioned in the Sports Shorts portion of this quick links.

Outlet mall coming in about two years


AUGUSTA, GA — Augusta-Richmond County is getting an outlet mall.

In a blockbuster announcement this afternoon, outgoing Mayor Deke Copenhaver said that the outlet mall will open in as early as March 20, 2016.  The Premier Outlet is also a job boon as well, as it is said to open up 1,500 jobs.

The 400,000 square foot fashion outlet mall will also bring Augusta-Richmond County millions in sales tax dollars.

No stores have been announced yet, although eateries, fashion stores, music stores, and other specialty stores (selling items such as books, adult items, etc.) will be part of the outlet.


REGIONAL/NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

Three people were sent to the emergency room after they were shot during a botched robbery attempt that turned into a mini-shootout on DRAYMONT DR near Lawson on Tuesday.  Only the armed suspect and an armed woman fending herself and her companion left without injuries.  He shot the armed woman's female companion, while she shot his co-suspects (two other males). [WSPA News Channel 7]

SPORTS SHORTS:

In addition to Mr. Hearn, there were many, many other local male athlets who signed letters of intent today.  They are as follows:

Fox Creek - Deondre Basket - Limestone
Fox Creek - Ty Yarbrough - Limestone
Saluda - Dexter Wideman - South Carolina
Warren County - Torrez Wentz - Old Dominion
Thomson - Felton Hatcher - Garden City Community College
Lucy Craft Laney - James Holoman - Howard
North Augusta - Jake Whitley - Georgia Tech
North Augusta - Brandon Maddox - Air Force
North Augusta - Jaleel Bryant - Pikeville
North Augusta - Dre Dunbar -Mars Hill
North Augusta - Maurice Williams - Fort Scott (Kansas)
North Augsuta - Montez McGuire - Appalachain State
Burke County - Donquell Green - Marshall
Burke County - Jermaine Baxley - SC State
Burke County - Bryan Wilson - SC State
Academy of Richmond County High - Willie Yarbary - Wake Forest
Thurmond - Jauveer Hammond - Citadel
Thurmond - Kenyotta Dunbar - Gardner Webb
Westside - Jalen Lampkin - Citadel
Jefferson County - LaDerrick Hammond - Marshall
Jefferson County - CoKenya West - Benedict
Jefferson County - TJ Clark - South Alabama
Jefferson County - Seth O'Steen - Reinhardt College
Wagener Salley - RJ Tyler - UNC Charlotte
South Aiken - Will Holbrook - Newberry
Swainsboro - Brandon Foskey - Shorter
Jenkins County - Ira Hendrix - Hutchinson Comm. College
Harlem - Leonard Miller - Savannah State
Lakeside - Kendell White - Paine College
Aquinas - Shalom Alvarez - Savannah St
Westside - Jalen Lampkin- Citadel
Harlem - Leonard Miller - Savannah St
Bamberg-Ehrhardt - KC Crosby - South Carolina
Aquinas - Shalom Alvarez - Savannah St

At last word, I did not see or hear of female athletes, or of athletes from Hampton and Orangeburg counties signing letters of intent.  As soon as that list comes out, or if they are added to the list on local news sites, I'll post them in a separate blog post. [WRDW News 12]

Georgia Tech will not be playing Tulane.  The Green Wave cancelled their series with the Ramblin' Wreck. [WTOC 11]

Eleven people have been arrested and charged in a brawl at Ware Shoals High School that was ignited by a racist slur. [WSPA News Channel 7]

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

Another reason I am so glad to have never watched Piers Morgan's show: he was being blatantly transphobic in his interview with Janet Mock on Tuesday night. [Avital Norman Nathman]

And Ms. Nathman was interviewed today about her new book. [Jessica Wakeman]

[image of Taylor Hearn and Williston-Elko teammates via Twitter.com/EricJ_Russell]

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