Air Force lands a pair from area

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Brett Johnson and Dylan Turner were football standouts at high schools separated by roughly 15 miles.

But the two defensive stars didn't meet until last weekend, some 1,500 miles from Augusta.

Johnson, a North Augusta linebacker, and Turner, a defensive lineman from Greenbrier, were both on official visits to Air Force in Colorado Springs, Colo., and both committed to the Falcons shortly after their trip.

"It's pretty awesome that we're both going to a school so far away," Johnson said. "That's pretty big for Augusta."

The two exchanged phone numbers during their visit and promised to keep in touch. Turner was the first commit to coach Troy Calhoun 's program, and he sent Johnson a text message when the North Augusta linebacker later did the same.

"It's comforting to know there will be someone from here a lot like me," Turner said. "Who knows? Maybe we'll even be roommates."

DOG WALK-ON: Evans senior defensive end Reuben Faloughi likes competition. That's why he's playing basketball this season, he said, even though he might not be the most polished hoopster.

Faloughi 's competitive streak led him to accept an invitation to walk-on at Georgia. Furman offered him a scholarship this week, but he said he still plans to walk on and try to play in the Southeastern Conference.

He says his grades are sufficient to "get enough academic money."

"Sometimes money isn't everything. ... (Georgia) came down and showed me a lot of love," he said. "It's not about money, a football scholarship is not everything."

Would Faloughi have made the same decision if another Division I school offered in the next week?

"I can't call it; I can't predict the future," he said. "But I'm a Dog. That's my new home, I think."

HORNET COMMITS: Aiken senior Hudson Smith has committed to Gardner-Webb.

Smith can play tight end or defensive end. He said he was looking forward to the Bulldogs' schedule next season, which includes a trip to North Carolina State.

Gardner-Webb, in Boiling Springs, N.C., lost 10-7 to Georgia Tech last year.

EUBANKS FIRM: Thomson defensive back Darius Eubanks said he will honor his commitment to Georgia Southern, even though he has been offered a scholarship to play in the SEC.

Eubanks said Kentucky offered him a scholarship, but the coaches want him to grey-shirt -- enroll in school next January. He said he wants to start school next fall, at Georgia Southern.

RED DEVILS VISIT: Lincoln County wideout Wilkes Goolsby plans to make an official visit to Georgia Southern next week.

Goolsby is also getting looks to be a preferred walk-on at South Carolina, his father, Richard , said. Goolsby is a candidate to be a long-snapper in college.

Reach Matt Middleton at (706) 823-3425 or matt.middleton@augustachronicle.com.


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