PETTICOAT JUNCTION, S.C. — A pair of Silver Bluff High School football players have made their college plans official.
Cordrea Tankersley signed his national letter of intent to play for Clemson, while Blake Robbins is headed for Charleston Southern. Both signed today in front of dozens of family and friends.
“It’s a very special day. It’s another step to the next place I want to be,” Tankersley said. “It’s what I’ve been waiting for for a year since I watched it on TV last year.”
Tankersley, a quarterback and defensive back, guided the Bulldogs to the Lower State championship game in 2011. He will play defensive back in college.
“Clemson was my top choice all along,” Tankersley said. “I wanted the experience of recruiting. Now that it’s over with I’m ready to move on and go to Clemson.”
With Clemson’s struggles on defense in its Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia, Tankersley expects to compete for a starting job.
“My mindset is to compete and get the job,” he said. “It’s a business. You’re there to win a championship.”
Robbins, a 6-6 defensive end, played his first season of varsity football and made an impact for the Bulldogs. He blocked a punt against Edisto that was recovered for a touchdown, and the win snapped a three-game losing streak.
He also made an inspirational speech during halftime of a playoff game.
“Everyone loved me for that,” Robbins said. “I said we’re a family, someone is threatening to tear our family apart, and we’ve got to stick together.”