Friday, March 22, 2013
By Chris Sokoloski
Georgetown High School’s Dillon Alford will continue his football career at North Greenville University.
Alford, the first person in his family to play a sport in college, hopes this puts Georgetown High on the map.
“It shows what we actually can do and hopefully us signing so many guys this year will give the younger guys looks and colleges and coaches turn their heads a little bit more to Georgetown,” Alford said. “Hopefully this is bringing them into the limelight and doing great things for the school.”
“Dillon’s an extremely hard worker,” said Georgetown coach Bradley Adams. “The thing about Dillon that separates himself from others is his desire to always be the best that he can possibly be.”
Alford is the fourth Bulldog football player to sign a college scholarship in the last month. Anthony Blair also signed with North Greenville, A.J. Walker signed with St. Augustine’s University, and Caleb Hughes signed with Limestone College.
This year’s seniors were sophomores when Adams took over the program.
“They’ve made huge transitions, leaps and bounds athletically,” Adams said. “That was the biggest thing when we came in, we were extremely focused on building a strong young man.”
“Ever since coach Adams got here I … worked hard in the weight room and tried to do the best that I could to be the best person and football player I could be,” Alford said. “My junior year when I made All-Region, I kind of thought, I’ve got a chance of making this a college thing, and I did what I had to do to get it done.”
Alford said he tried not to worry about scholarship opportunities during senior season.
“I focused on every week getting better and doing what the team [needed], just getting that win every week,” Alford said. “I wasn’t thinking about myself.”
Alford was named to the first team All-Region team and was selected to play in the North-South All-Star Game, along with Blair.
His favorite Georgetown football memory is beating Socastee 23-22 during his junior year.
“That’s the closest game I’ve ever been in,” he said.
Alford is leaning toward studying biology at North Greenville, but has not ruled out sports management.
He expects the biggest transition will be the athleticism of all the players.
“Everybody’s going to be faster and everybody’s going to be big and strong,” Alford said. “I’m not going to be the all-star anymore. Everybody’s going to be big man on campus. It’s going to be tough.”
“It’s going to be much different than anything he’s seen at this level,” Adams said. “He’s seen maybe one guy on a team at the level these guys play on. Everyone of these guys plays at that high level.”
Division II North Greenville plays in Conference Carolinas.
The Crusaders went 5-6 last season.