Athletes sign with college programs

Athletes sign with college programs

After signing a national letter of intent to play for the College of Charleston Baseball

program, Summerville senior Brody Hopkins puts on his

Cougars hat.

Three Dorchester County baseball players, plus an assortment of athletes from other high school sports, signed national letters of intent Nov. 13.

Two Summerville seniors and a Fort Dorchester senior officially announced their choice of which college baseball program they will join by signing letters of intent. All three selected an in-state college.

Green Wave outfielder/pitcher Brody Hopkins has the athleticism to play college football or baseball, but decided to continue a family tradition and spend his college days on the diamond rather than the gridiron. The senior signed with College of Charleston.

“I like their coaches and that the program is so historical,” Hopkins said. “That’s what we have here at Summerville and I wanted to be in that same environment I have enjoyed during high school.”

His brother, T.J., played for the University of South Carolina before being drafted by Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds in June.

“I don’t see that as pressure,” the younger brother said. “I treat it as a competition between us. We always want to do better than the other, but basically he and my dad taught me how to play baseball the right way.”

Green Wave outfielder/pitcher/catcher Logan Palma signed to play baseball for Erskine College.

“I wasn’t sure this day was going to come, but here I am signing with a great college,” Palma said. “I’m hoping to move on and do some great things. Their coaching staff is phenomenal and I love their field. This is the best opportunity I could ask for.”

Fort Dorchester shortstop/pitcher Jalen Vasquez signed to play baseball with the University of South Carolina.

“I want to stay in the state,” the senior told members of the media at a Fort Dorchester signing-day celebration. “I want to play against the best and feel that playing for an SEC team will allow me to do that.”

Last season, Vasquez helped the Patriots claim their first region championship since 2007 so the matchups between Fort Dorchester and Summerville this spring should be interesting.

Eight other Dorchester County athletes signed with a college program.

Summerville celebrated five other signings. Kassidy Landwehr signed with the St. Francis University Women’s Bowling program. Haley Massenburg signed with the USC-Beaufort Softball program. Asia Allen signed with the USC-Union Softball program. Breon Riley signed with the USC-Union Men’s Soccer program. Gabriel Carnegy signed with the Southern Wesleyan University Men’s Cross Country program.

Fort Dorchester’s Zoey Conrad signed with The Citadel Women’s Soccer program.

Ashley Ridge pole vaulter Jenna Patterson signed with The Citadel Women’s Track program. Swamp Foxes’ hoopster Amanda Blake signed with the UNC-Asheville Women’s Basketball program.