NMB’s Gore tops local list of 11 on National Signing Day

nmbfoot-colbygoreAt least 11 Grand Strand-area high school football players will be playing at the college level next season, the perfect number to field a pretty impressive squad.

North Myrtle Beach’s Colby Gore led the local contingent on National Signing Day on Wednesday, signing with FBS school East Carolina. Good thing the reigning Region 7-3A Athlete of the Year is a three-way player – defensive back, wide receiver and return specialist – because those are the kind of players we need to field an all-local team.

Defense wins championships, and a strong local lineup is led by Region 7-3A Defensive Player of the Year Keyshawn Moore, who will attend Georgia Military Academy in hopes of transferring to an FBS program in the future. Fellow linebacker Marcus Chestnut of Myrtle Beach and defensive back Sam McKinney of Socastee will be teammates at Newberry.

On the offensive side of the ball, it all starts with the line, and we’ve got some beasts. Conway interior lineman Landon Jones (6-foot-6, 286 pounds) and Socastee tight end Max Kjosa (6-5, 225) are staying close to home by signing with Coastal Carolina, while Myrtle Beach’s Poppy Randall (6-5, 300) is headed to Fort Scott (Kansas) Community College.

So is Myrtle Beach teammate Kelton Greene, a standout defensive back and wide receiver. That’s the strength of the local roster, as Myrtle Beach wideout Malik Waring signed with Newberry and teammate Kyle Belack is at Ohio as an early enrollee at Ohio. Carolina Forest quarterback Will Brunson enrolled early at Albany, and North Myrtle Beach QB Kendrick Furness signed with Union College.

The Grand Strand also had several non-football athletes in fall sports scheduled to sign on Wednesday. Myrtle Beach swimmer Kandice Soapes  signed with the  Savannah College of Art & Design

Hopefully the all-Grand Strand squad will expand its roster as more commitments roll in throughout the day. Check back for a full list of local signees.

Photo courtesy of Louis E. Keiner and Lesley M. Etherson

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