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KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School senior soccer player Denton Clements said Friday afternoon was a dream come true.
“I never thought I would be playing college soccer, so it’s a dream come true,” said Clements, a four-year soccer player for the Volunteers.
Clements’ soccer future will be at the University of South Carolina Lancaster where the Lancers will field their first men’s soccer team this fall.
“I’m very excited and anxious to play,” Clements said. “It’s a honor to be on the first men’s soccer team at USCL.”
Clements will be new to USCL, but quite familiar to the Lancers’ coach, former Andrew Jackson High coach Randy Jordan.
“Coach Jordan is a great coach and I’m glad to have the chance to play for him again,” Clements said.
The day was a double delight for the Lancers’ program as Clements’ AJ teammate Brandon Neal also signed with the Lancers.
“Coach Jordan is getting two good student-athletes,” AJ athletic director Scottie Phillips said. “They will be a plus for the USCL soccer program.”
AJ soccer coach Van Steen said Clements will give top effort.
“He’s consistent and is going to give you all he has, a 100 percent effort,” Steen said. “Denton is a very skilled player. He works at it and will do all he can to contribute to the Lancers’ program.”
Jordan said he’s elated to have Clements in the Lancers’ program.
In Clements’ freshman season at AJ under Jordan, he won the team’s Coaches Award and Jordan said he looks for similar play in his college career.
“Denton is a good utility guy,” Jordan said. “He dishes the ball well.
“He and Brandon are good, heady soccer players.”
Clements is also a standout student at AJ where he has a 3.582 GPA and is a member of Tri-M, a choral and band honor society.
Clements added he is also active with First Priority, a Christian affiliated organization at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.
He said his faith has played a key role in his future.
“I thank God for this opportunity,” Clements said.