Courtesy: Brian King of Greenwood Today
Three Greenwood Eagles defensive standouts signed National Letters of Intent Wednesday to continue their playing career at Palmetto Prep Academy.
Defensive lineman Keionte Moore, linebacker Jamie Callahan and defensive back Joseph Rapp signed the letters in a ceremony held at Greenwood High School. All three players earned Emerald Ink and Stitches Player of the Game honors during the 2014 season for outstanding performance on the field.
“All three of these guys are great kids, not just great football players,” said Eagles Defensive Coordinator Tony Temple. “They were a key part of our defense and a big reason our defense was as successful as were last year.”
Moore, who Temple describes as a “high motor guy,” said he is looking forward to playing alongside his Eagles teammates.
“It’s going to be great getting to ball next to my brothers again next year,” Moore said. “Playing at Palmetto Prep is a great opportunity and being able to keep playing with those guys makes it even better.”
Callahan, who started out playing outside linebacker and later moved to inside linebacker, said he is looking forward to the opportunity.
“This is a great opportunity for me as a player to show what I can do,” Callahan said. “It feels good to know I’ll be playing football at the next level and I ‘m ready to get down there and get to work.”
The Eagles have placed more than their fair share of players at all levels of the college game and currently have four former players on NFL rosters. According to Rapp, it is the ability of the coaches to prepare players that has produced that level of success.
“Playing at Greenwood High School, you learn what it means to go to work every day to get better,” Rapp said. “Coach Addis, Coach Temple and the whole coaching staff do a great job not just getting us ready for the game each week, but also preparing us for life after high school.”