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Gladiators sign AJ’s White, Grier

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Vols to play at Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy

By Robert Howey

 

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Andrew Jackson High School athletes Chris White and Quincy Grier time at Andrew Jackson High is growing short, but their futures are looking bright.

In less than two weeks, White and Grier will be graduating at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.

After leaving AJ, the  Volunteers’ three-sport duo will be heading to Orangeburg Calhoun Prep Academy to play football for the Gladiators.

“This is a great opportunity for these two student-athletes,” said AJ football coach David Moore. “In high school, Chris and Quincy each played three sports, but going to Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep, this will give them the chance to concentrate on one sport and have a chance to take their game to the Division I or Division II level.

“I’m glad they have this opportunity and I hope they will take full advantage of the chance to further their education and athletic careers.”

Grier, a wide receiver-safety, played football at AJ for four seasons, earning all-region honors for two seasons.

Grier also played basketball for three years and ran track for three seasons.

“I’m just looking to get better and continue my education career,” Grier said. “This is a good school with a good campus.”

AJ defensive coordinator Danny Wright noted Grier had 75 tackles and picked off six passes.

“Quincy is a very smart and hard-working student athlete,” Wright said. “We could always count on him for leadership and great character. I’m proud of him and expect big things from him in the future.”

White, a running back-safety, played football four seasons, reaping all-region honors. He had 105 tackles and led the team in big hits with seven. He also played basketball for four years and ran track for three seasons.

“Chris is a great kid and I’m proud of him,” Wright said. “This proves hard work does pay off.

“Andrew Jackson athletics is going to miss both young men for their contributions on and off the field,” Wright added.

White said he’s looking forward to the chance to play.

“I think it’s a great opportunity,” he said. “It’s a way to expand my career.”

AJ athletic director Scott Phillips said he’s happy for both athletes.

“They’ve worked hard for this chance,” Phillips said. “They have bright futures and we wish them well.”