Monday, May 14, 2018

Rock Hill is Football City USA! Why?

This is why. The Sylvia Circle Demons Football program. (Who has added the cheerleading component to their annual free skills camp.) According to a Sporting News Report  Miami boasts a 1 NFL player per 17,524 people. Rock Hill can claim 1 NFL player per 8,512 people. A town that only has a population of approximately 69,000 people is building on their success every year in the NFL and in college programs.

Can the Demons take the credit for all of the alarming number of NFL draft picks? No, but a considerable amount can be attributed to Coach Pat, Coach Perry, and Coach Squeaky's program. Here is the list of Rock Hill, SC's NFL Football players:

1. Jadaveon Clowney
2. Cordarell Patterson
3. Johnathon Joseph
4. Stephon Gillmore
5. Mason Rudolph
6. Jaleel Scott
7. Tori Gurley
8. DeVonte Holloman
9. Philip Adams
10. Ben Watson
11. Chris Hope   
12. Ko Simpson
13. Derek Ross
14. Jeff Burris
15. Johnathan Meeks
16. Rick Sanford
17. Gerald Dixon Sr.
18. Derek Ross
19. Jonathan Hefeney
20. Johnathan Joseph
21. Spencer Lanning
22. Robert Massey
23. Tim Jones
24. Gerald Dixon Jr.
25. Rod Byers
26. Arkee Whitlock
27. David Erby
28. Skip Dunham
29. Billy Nies
30. Buck George
31. Ricky Brown
32. Montay Crockett
33. Connie Wade
34. Sammy Fewell

Even with this impressive list I am still afraid I may have missed somebody. I get to coach basketball in Rock Hill and it is fun to watch the athletes at this school play and work hard in the classrooms as well. It is Football City, USA. Here are my predictions or I probably should say those that I hope to see in the future draft:

1. Anthony Johnson, Buffalo University
2. Derion Kendrick, Clemson University
3. Elijah Adams, Virginia Tech University
4. Steve Gilmore, Marshall University
5. BT Potter, Clemson University
6. Jerry Howard, Georgia Tech University
7. BJ Davis, South Carolina State University
8. Jamari Currence, James Madison University
9. Keyshawn Veal
10. Jaydon Collins
11. Scotty Robinson, South Carolina State University
12. Jamario Holley, University of South Carolina
13. Antonio Barber, University of Tennessee
14. Donavan Perryman, Furman University
15. Thialand Adams, Lenoir-Rhyne University

I have to stop there. The kids in the hallway at the Rock Hill School that I teach will probably hate me. Also, I could go on with the players that I taught during their freshman year but I'll wait until next year's Sylvia Circle Demons Camp to reveal.

Anyway come out to the camp, and you might get to see a future NFL player. Wait, no, 35 of them.

Last year's camp: