Two Rebels sign to play college football
Charles McCoy and Ford Williams took their coaches’ words to heart during their four years at Strom Thurmond High School.
Everything the coaches preached, they displayed. That paid off for them on the football field throughout their high school careers, and Wednesday it paid off again when each signed to play college football. McCoy inked with Division I South Carolina State, Williams with Limestone.
“Just the hard work and the dedication these guys put into our program over the last four years has been great,” said Strom Thurmond head coach Antwaun Hillary. “We won two out of four region championships – that was a big accomplishment for them. More importantly, they went out on top. They went out winners.”
McCoy heads up to Orangeburg after a senior year filled with accolades, including a spot in the North-South all-star game. He was a key piece of an offensive line that paved the way for the Rebels’ offense on their way to the Region 5-AAA title.
“Charles is 6-2, 285 – you can’t teach that, you can’t coach that,” Hillary said. “He plays with a lot of passion. He has a desire to win. If he just keeps that, I think the sky is the limit for him.”
McCoy said S.C. State, where he plans to study physical education before going to graduate school for kinesiology, felt like home. Some of his cousins graduated from there, so he’s familiar with the area and campus. Plus he’ll be joining former Rebels like Tyrece Nick and Chad Gilchrist on the roster.
“It’s going to be great, because I’ve played with them,” McCoy said. “They know me, I know them, and they’re going to be on me to go to class and come to practice and work hard.”
Williams found a new home in Gaffney after another year of making big plays for the Rebels from his linebacker position. He led the team in tackles in his senior season after coming into the year as their top returner in that category.
“I went up there and I liked the school,” he explained. “They’ve got a really good business program, so it just felt like the right move.”
“He plays with a lot of passion. Ford worked his way into being a good football player,” Hillary added. “Just to watch him transform his body, get faster and improve his football IQ over the last four years has been a pleasure to watch, and I’m extremely proud of him, too.”