Strom Thurmond’s Moore, four teammates ink letters of intent

Strom Thurmond’s Lawson Reel (top left), Tre Moore, Tyrek Williams (bottom left), Jaquan Edwards and A.J. Valentine sign their letters of intent during a ceremony at the school Wednesday. DAVID LEE/STAFF

JOHNSTON, S.C. — Tre Moore headlined a strong Strom Thurmond class that signed their collegiate futures Wednesday.

 

Moore inked with Georgia State, Jaquan Edwards signed with Wingate, Tyrek Williams with Georgia Military College, and A.J. Valentine and Lawson Reel both with Newberry during a ceremony at the school’s field house.

The ceremony was a formality for Moore, who committed to Georgia State prior to his senior season and never wavered. The highly-ranked Rebel defensive end will play for coach Shawn Elliott in the Division I Sun Belt Conference.

“I fell in love with the coaching staff and environment and all that,” Moore said. “I wanted to be close to my family so they could come to the games. I’m just trying to ball out, really. (The facilities) are beautiful, honestly. They’re amazing.”

Moore joins the Panthers at an exciting time for the program after they went 7-5 and won their first bowl game this past season. Elliott and his staff have quickly turned the new program into a winner, and Moore, who plans to study computer science, is set to join this fall.

“I get the chance to be coached by the best in the country, so I’m really excited about that,” he said. “I want to get fast and get bigger.”

Edwards will join Wingate in the Division II South Atlantic Conference after rushing for 1,742 yards and 18 touchdowns as Strom Thurmond’s leading offensive force this past season. Wingate went 9-2 in 2017, including 6-1 in the conference.

He’ll likely face Rebel teammates Valentine and Reel on the field at some point. The pair inked with Newberry, which also plays in the SAC. Valentine totaled 91 tackles as a senior, while Reel kicked three field goals, was 38 for 39 on extra points, and averaged 28.4 yards per punt.

Williams was considered one of the top receivers in South Carolina entering his senior year and contributed in all phases, totaling 423 rushing yards, 341 receiving yards, 271 passing yards, and 17 tackles with three sacks.

Reach David Lee at (706) 823-3216 or david.lee@augustachronicle.com.

 

 

 

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