The Summerville football and track teams’ aspirations for state titles for the upcoming academic year apparently have taken a big hit.
Davon Anderson, who plays running back on the gridiron and is a sprinter on the track team, has not practiced this summer. Coach John McKissick said Anderson visited with his father in Cleveland over the summer and stayed for an extended period.
“I hear he was back in town yesterday,” McKissick said. “School starts Monday, so we’ll see if he’s here. It may be a family issue.”
But, it appears Anderson may have enrolled at Glenville High School in Cleveland.
John McCallister, a high school football writer in Ohio, reported that Glenville competed in a recent 7-on-7 camp in Mansfield, Ohio and Anderson was with the team but didn’t compete in the event.
Glenville is one of the top football and track schools in Ohio. Both teams are coached by Ted Ginn Sr.
The Glenville football team has an impressive list of alumni, including NFL first-round picks Ted Ginn Jr., Donte Whitner and 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith.
The Tarblooders’ track and field team won five straight state titles in the 2000s and is a perennial power.
Anderson, a 6-0, 185-pound senior, was considered one of the top 10 players in the Lowcountry and one of the top running backs in the state. Last season, he rushed for 1,341 yards and 15 touchdowns despite missing three games with a knee injury. He was healthy as ever by the time the season ended, rushing for 165 yards and two scores in a playoff loss to Spartanburg.
He was impressive in the indoor and outdoor track seasons, as well. He had the seventh-fastest time in the nation in the 60-meter hurdles (7.87 seconds) during the winter.
In May, he won a state championship for the third straight year at the High School League’s Track and Field championships when he won the 110-meter high hurdles in 14.06, more than a half second ahead of the pack. He also placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.73.
Smith commits to USC
Wando baseball player Harrison Smith committed to play baseball for the University of South Carolina.
Smith, a 5-11, 170-pound right-hander, had a major transformation this summer when Diamond Devils coach John Rhodes converted him into a full-time pitcher. He hit 88 mph on the radar gun and caught just about every scout’s attention at a pair of national tournaments.
Smith, who also plays shortstop, is beginning his junior year at Wando.
Wando coach Dirk Thomas said the College of Charleston made Smth an offer during his sophomore season, but pulled it after Smith struggled at the plate and in the field.
“This summer, instead of feeling sorry for himself, Harrison worked his tail off with the Diamond Devils,” Thomas said. “He’s still developing as a pitcher. We didn’t use him that much last year, but he’ll be a factor for us next spring.”
Smith’s commitment gives Wando two players who are USC-bound. Kep Brown committed earlier. He plays in the outfield.
Thomas said both players have played under a microscope.
“All these colleges come in, and the players feel the pressure,” Thomas said. “Don’t forget, these guys are only 15 years old. That’s a lot of pressure.”