McCord signs to play at Newberry

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IL Warriors star

By Eric Rowell


INDIAN LAND – Indian Land High School senior football star Manny McCord had a dream come true Feb. 5.

McCord, who has dreamed of playing college football since his middle school days, saw it all come to fruition.

McCord made it official that afternoon in the Indian Land High School media center, where he signed with the Newberry Wolves.

“Ever since middle school, I have dreamed about playing college football. It’s a great feeling to be able to fulfill that dream,” McCord said. “I am looking forward to being part of the (Newberry) team. The next level is such a challenge, and I am just ready to be a part of it. All the people that are around me today are the main people that helped me get where I am.”

McCord did his part, capped by a stellar senior campaign for the Warriors last fall.

McCord, an all-region pick and the recipient of the Warriors’ Best Wide Receiver Award, had 49 catches for 497 yards for 10.1 yards per catch and three touchdowns. He also had 15 tackles for the Warriors’ defense.

He was selected to play in the annual North-South All-Star game at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach. While there, he won the receiving skills competition involving all the receivers in the game, which features the state’s top senior football talent.

McCord was also selected to the High School Sports Report Class AA all-state team as a wide receiver.

Warriors’ head coach Mike Mayer was elated with McCord’s signing.

“I am tickled to death for Manny, because he gets the opportunity to play college ball and to get a college education,” Mayer said. “Manny was a good football player for us and he’s even a better person. Manny certainly has been a role model student-athelete.

“He has been a class act from day one. I think Newberry will be a good fit for Manny,” added Mayer, who noted McCord was his 17th college football signee in 13 years at the Lancaster County Class AA high school.