Chris Liner is confident Wesley Carlay and Will Tinsley will fulfill the football promise embodied in the letters of intent they signed with The Citadel and Erskine College on Wednesday.
Carlay, a lineman, is headed to Charleston to play at his father’s alma mater. His older brother Summie is at the University of South Carolina. Tinsley, who caught passes, defended them and returned kicks for Laurens, is going to Erskine, which is restarting football in the fall. The Flying Fleet’s most recent game was in 1951.
“Will (Tinsley) and Wesley (Carlay) are the kinds of kids you want to coach,” Liner, the LDHS head coach, said. “Some people look at LDHS in a poor light, but this program has a lot of fine young men. These guys are as good as it gets. … Anything they lay their hands on is going to be successful.”
Carlay knows well what he’s getting into at the Military College of South Carolina.
“I’ve been around The Citadel all my life,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to be a Bulldog. I’ve grown up in that disciplinarian-type environment.
“I considered Newberry and some other D-2 (NCAA Div. II) type colleges, but I figured a degree from The Citadel would carry me a lot farther.”
Tinsley is happy with a unique chance to get a new start of his own with a school doing the same thing.
“It’s exciting to get the opportunity to start something from scratch,” he said. “I’m pretty hyped about it.
“I think they’re looking at me as a receiver, but I’ll do anything they need me to.”
Carlay plans to study exercise science; Tinsley is interested in sports management.