Hanahan’s Heyward commits to Navy

Hanahan’s Corbin Heyward has committed to Navy. (Rob Gantt/Independent)

Hanahan defensive end Corbin Heyward has verbally committed to play football at Navy, leading a group of Lowcountry players who have recently announced commitments as the Feb. 4 signing day approaches.

Heyward, 6-4 and 250 pounds, was an All-Lowcountry pick and played in the North-South All-Star game last season. He hopes to be a pilot in the Navy, according to Hanahan principal Ric Raycroft.

Heyward had 77 tackles with four sacks, seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries last season.

Other Lowcountry players who have recently committed:

Garrett Tech lineman Trevon Sanders, 6-2 and 305 pounds, has committed to Troy University, a member of the Division I Sun Belt Conference located in Troy, Ala. according to reports. Sanders was a four-year starter for Garrett and played in the Shrine Bowl in December.

Wando tight end/linebacker Zola Davis has committed to Presbyterian College in Clinton. Davis, 6-2 and 205 pounds, is the son of former South Carolina star receiver Zola Davis. He had 14 catches at tight end and made 65 tackles at linebacker last season, and expects to play offense for the Blue Hose.

Woodland defensive back/receiver Leron Carn (6-3, 215) reportedly has committed to Marshall, joining Colleton County receiver Latrell Nieves as a Thundering Herd commitment. Carn caught 48 passes for Woodland last season, with seven interceptions and five defensive touchdowns as a free safety.

Palmetto Christian Academy has named former Coastal Carolina lineman Matt Manning as its new head football coach.

Manning has been PCA’s line coach the last two seasons. He takes over for Chris Shimakonis, who will return to an assistant coach position.

Manning, 28, is a 2010 graduate of Coastal Carolina.