AIKEN — Three South Aiken football players signed letters of intent Wednesday to play at three different levels of the college game.
Justin Day made official what was announced months ago, signing to play at Kentucky. DeAndre Schoultz signed to play at The Citadel, and Terell Johnson signed to play at Newberry.
Day, sitting at a table in the South Aiken High School lobby, donned a blue Kentucky cap while wearing the school’s colors and logo on his tie.
“The coaches at Kentucky made me feel like family,” Day said. “I know they will take care of me, and that’s important to me as a family person.”
Day, listed at 6-foot-8, 285 pounds, is expected to remain on the offensive line for the Wildcats, who finished last season at 2-10. Kentucky named Mark Stoops its new head coach in December.
“They’ve put together a heck of a class with a lot of athletes,” South Aiken coach Jeremy West said. “It’s huge to play in the SEC and to play in that atmosphere.”
Day moved from the defensive line to offensive line his senior year. West said he took it as a challenge and didn’t complain.
“He was a team player. He was all for it,” West said. “That type of move takes a lot of reps, but he came into his own. He has a high ceiling on the offensive line.”
Schoultz, listed at 5-9, 185 pounds, will play slot back and returner for The Citadel, which finished the 2012 season at 7-4 under coach Kevin Higgins.
The Bulldogs, who play in the competitive Southern Conference, run an option offense similar to Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern, allowing Schoultz the opportunity to play slot back.
“The biggest thing was the education I’ll get there,” he said. “It’s the opportunity to play Division I football, but the position wasn’t as big of a factor as the education.”
Johnson, listed at 5-10, 172 pounds, will play defensive back for Newberry, which went 5-6 in 2012 under coach Todd Knight. The Wolves play in the Division II’s South Atlantic Conference.
“I’m ecstatic to play at Newberry,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity. There’s great competition in the conference.”
Also, South Aiken track star Deion Bussey signed to run at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo. Bussey competes in the long jump, triple jump and sprints. He finished his senior year at 46 feet in the triple jump.