Next Level: Four Raiders sign National Letters of Intent

Feb 21 Written by 

Four Laurens Raider student-athletes took the next step in their careers and signed to play at the next level with their respective colleges on Wednesday at LDHS.

Nathan Rutter, who played baseball and football for the Raiders after transferring in from Woodruff, made the decision to sign with the Montreat College Cavaliers on a baseball scholarship.

When asked why he chose to attend Montreat, Rutter said that he visited the school earlier in the fall last year and he loved being at the campus and admired that Billy Graham served as a chaplain for the institution for some time. He also mentioned that USC Upstate showed some interest in him but Montreat was the first college to offer and he took pride that they were the first to offer.

Rutter wants to major in Sports Communication and pursue a career in broadcasting and remain in the field of sports. When asked if he had reached out to anybody in broadcasting for advice, Rutter mentioned that he spoke with Rixon Lane of Lander University about his own ability to fulfill what broadcasting requires and he firmly believes that broadcasting was what he is meant to do.

His tenure at Laurens hasn't always been easy. Rutter faced two knee injuries in back-to-back seasons and he said that these injuries helped his faith in the Lord grow and he's thankful for those who encouraged him throughout his injuries such as his friends and family. Rutter mentioned that the most memorable moment in his high school sports career was his ninth grade season at Woodruff when he went five-for-five at the plate in a playoff game against Abbeville after a hitting slump at the end of the season.

Tyrese Moses also signed his National Letter of Intent today and he will continue his education and play football at Presbyterian College.

When asked about why he chose PC, Moses said that he loved the campus, the facilities, and how at home he felt being there. Moses wasn't discouraged by the current state of the athletic program at Presbyterian College and he, in fact, was excited that he would be able to play and rebuild the program while he attends. Moses visited with Charleston Southern, The Citadel, and Carson Newman before making his decision to sign with PC.

Moses is going to major in history and wishes to teach at the high school level. He said that he would like to come back to Laurens and teach as well as coach football.

His most memorable moment was when the Raiders took on the Hillcrest Rams in 2016 after a rocky start to the season. The Raiders would go on to win the game and he made a key interception towards the end of the first half.

Moses won't be the only Raider that attends Presbyterian College next season as Braylen Williams also signed to play football for the Blue Hose.

Williams elected to go to PC due to the campus and how at home the coaches made him feel and that he already felt like he was a part of the team. Williams was initially looking to branch out to schools such as Limestone and The Citadel but the coaches at Presbyterian admired his play and wanted him there. 

He is looking to major in pre-engineering or computer science and pursue a career as an engineer. Williams mentioned that the most memorable moment in his high school career was defeating Greenwood for the second year in a row but this time it came with a region title. 

The final player to sign today was Raider football player Troy Dendy, who will continue his football career at Carson-Newman University.

Dendy elected to attend Carson-Newman because of their "mind-blowing" campus and their upscale football facilities. He said that Carson-Newman looked at many running backs and he was the one they really wanted to sign due to his style. He also received interest from Gardner Webb, North Greenville, Limestone, Georgia Southern, and Charleston Southern before making his decision.

Dendy's most memorable moment was defeating Greenwood in his junior season to win region because it had been several years since Laurens had defeated Greenwood. He credits his high school success to the wealth of talent that the Raiders had to offer at running back and having to split carries made him work harder to be the best.

Dendy wishes to remain around the sport going forward whether that be through the NFL or through broadcasting. He will major in sports communication and, should he fall short of the NFL, pursue a career as a sports broadcaster.

Last modified on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 21:38