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Military Appreciation Game

Columbia, S.C.

Sunday marks the very first Military Appreciation Game in Palmetto Prep’s history. The Minutemen would like to show our appreciation for our veterans that have served and our current active military members. Palmetto Prep appreciate’s their service and dedication to our country.

PPA has partnered with a non-profit organization in Palmetto State Base Camp for the inaugural Military Appreciation Game. Special military themed jerseys will be sold during and after the game for $100 each. All of the proceeds will be donated to Palmetto State Base Camp to help their organization continue to serve veterans.

Palmetto State Base Camp’s goal is to take a veteran from a homeless state where he is living on the street to a productive state where he is fully integrated back into society. PSBC helps assist homeless veterans in building transitional homes and providing opportunities for veterans to secure independence through education and and employment.

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Kickoff is at 2:00 at Brookland Cayce High School.

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The Revolution is Here

Columbia, S.C.

Friday July 29th marks the day the Minutemen report to Columbia and begin their fall season. Players will be moving into Woodland Village Apartments Friday and Saturday. A team cookout will be hosted Saturday night at 6:00 at Woodland Village and several other obligations are schedule for the start of camp. See the breakdown below:

Friday July 29 – Move In Day – Woodland Village
Saturday July 30 – Move In Day & Team Cookout at 6:00 – Woodland Village
Sunday July 31 – Equipment Issue from 1:00pm-3:00pm – Palmetto Prep Office
Monday August 1 – First full team meeting at 6:00 – Haskell Heights Baptist Church
Tuesday August 2 – First Practice Begins at 4:00 – Nursery Road Elementary

Practices are open to the public. Stay tuned for offers, signings, updates regarding the Minutemen.

Pennamon Signs to Palmetto Prep

Columbia, S.C.

3-Star Defensive Back prospect Ke’Shan Pennamon from Jacksonville, Florida has signed to Palmetto Prep. Pennamon was committed to the University of Wisconsin up until he found out he would not qualify due to a test score. He also had 17 total offers from other various programs. Pennamon will attend Palmetto Prep to increase his score and re-open his recruitment.

Pennamon will play defensive back for the Minutemen and wear jersey #19. He will also remain committed to the Wisconsin Badgers. For more updates on Pennamon and other Minutemen recruits, please continue to check out our website and follow us on Twitter. (@palmettoprepmm)

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Military Appreciation Bowl

Columbia, S.C.


We would like to announce our first annual Military Appreciation Bowl. Palmetto Prep Academy is proud to support our nation’s active and retired military.

The Minutemen will be wearing specialty military appreciation jerseys that will be sold after the game. The proceeds will be donated to a military organization chosen by Palmetto Prep. We have narrowed our choices down and will be selecting an organization to partner with in the coming weeks.


We are looking for third party sponsors to be involved with this great event and help raise money for our veterans! If you are interested in the following please do not hesitate to contact us.

2. Jersey Sponsor – Company logo on the specialty jerseys (Jersey Patch)
3. Military Bowl T-Shirt Sponsor
3. Military Bowl Offensive Player of the Game Sponsor
4. Military Bowl Defensive Player of the Game Sponsor

All active military members, veterans, and their families will receive free admission. We would love to garner your support for this great event. Please contact us if you are interested in being involved in any way! Go Minutemen!


Palmetto Prep Academy is a post-graduate preparatory and junior college program dedicated to helping student athletes improve their test scores and/or grades to earn a scholarship to a four year institution.

For the 2016 recruiting class, 31 players received offers to play college football at the next level. This number was the highest of all programs in the East Atlantic Conference.

Please visit for more information. We would love to garner your support for the 2016 season.


Head Coach & Athletic Director – Wes Dorton
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Offensive Coordinator & Recruiting Coordinator – Nate Dorton
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Palmetto Prep Offers 2nd Chance

Palmetto Prep offers high school graduates 2nd chance at college football dream

Allen Wallace – Cola Daily

Snow fell across the Columbia area last weekend. Temperatures hovered around the freezing mark. The wind caused the air to feel colder still, but for dozens of young men, it was still a good morning to dress in workout clothes and show off their football skills. Cold weather just wasn’t enough to keep them from chasing their dreams.

They gathered at a muddy field on Nursery Road to try out for the Palmetto Prep Academy football team. Most were high school seniors. Some were 2015 graduates. All shared the same dream: to play college football.

“We give them an opportunity to make their dreams come true,” said Dolores Ridgell, Palmetto Prep’s director of operations. “That’s what they want. That’s what we do.”

Palmetto Prep is a nonprofit organization, formerly known as Gray Military Academy, which exists to help high school football players who did not get a college football scholarship offer or invitation to walk on. The tryouts are open to all.

“Anybody that’s looking to play in college and has some athletic ability and thinks they could make a difference, we’d like to see them,” said Offensive Coordinator and Recruiting Coordinator Nathan Dorton.

Palmetto Prep holds open tryouts to fill its roster. The team competes in the fall against junior colleges and other prep schools around the Southeast. The players are recent high school graduates — the seniors trying out Saturday would graduate before the Palmetto Prep season starts — who missed out on college offers because of test scores, grades or a lack of recognition.

“We’re giving these boys a second chance,” Ridgell said. “The Midlands has so much local talent, and that’s what we’re looking for. A lot of times local talent gets overlooked.”

Some of the players take classes at Midlands Tech. Others focus on improving their standardized test scores, and others still simply focus on football while working part-time or full-time jobs in many cases.

Many of the players come from the Columbia area, but last year’s Minutemen featured a starting quarterback from Texas and another player from Canada, as well as others from Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. Thirty-one players on that team earned offers from colleges.

Not everyone makes the cut. The coaches made their expectations clear Saturday. The team comes first. Hustle is mandatory. Cursing on the field is not tolerated. Hard work is a given.

“The ones we take will be hungry,” Dorton said.

Another open tryout will be held in February and possibly another in the spring if slots remain open. More information on Palmetto Prep is available here.