Alex Glover knows The Citadel will offer tough athletic and academic challenges. He also knows the military lifestyle presents a unique test.
Glover, a tight end for the Wando Warriors, has accepted all three challenges. He makes it official today when he signs a national letter of intent to play football for the Bulldogs.
"I know going in that The Citadel presents a unique challenge," said Glover, a 6-3, 225-pound Shrine Bowl selection. "I don't want any special treatment because I'm an athlete. The military aspect is what makes The Citadel unique."
Wando coach Jimmy Noonan said it is Glover's work ethic that makes him one of the top seniors in the state. But Glover, who has a 3.41 GPA, knows the work is just beginning.
"I have to get bigger, stronger and faster," Glover said. "One of their tight ends graduated, and they have only one more on the roster. The coaches told me to be ready to play even if it's on special teams. I just need to get stronger and faster."
Glover has good hands and great blocking skills, which makes him a valuable asset on offense. He had 25 knockdowns
and 28 pancake blocks his senior year, and caught 17 passes for 219 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
He's been recruited most of his life to attend The Citadel because his uncle, John Darby, played tight end for the Bulldogs in the 1980s. His grandfather, the late Arthur Homer, also attended The Citadel.
"My uncle is probably the biggest recruiter," Glover said. "He played tight end and wanted me to follow in his footsteps."
Glover, whose mother Alexis is the volleyball coach at Wando, is one of three football players from the school expected to sign today. Linebacker Christian Rathbone committed to Newberry and wide receiver Brandon Eakins also committed to The Citadel.
Others expected to sign from the Lowcountry:
--Goose Creek star Brandon Shell, who was one of four players from the Palmetto State to be named to the Parade Magazine All-America Football Team, will probably be the first player to sign today.
The offensive tackle will sign with South Carolina at 8 a.m. He's the top recruit in the Lowcountry and is one of the jewels of Steve Spurrier's recruiting class. Shell was a finalist for the state's Mr. Football Award.
--Summerville running back De'angelo Henderson, who was also a Mr. Football finalist, will sign with Coastal Carolina.
--The area's other finalist for the top individual high school football award, James Island quarterback Bo Patterson, will sign with Dartmouth.