The Havelock Rams are officially starting to look like a college football team.
Offensive lineman Kendal Vickers verbally committed to play at the University of South Carolina on Thursday. Defensive back A.J. Coplon agreed to play football at East Carolina.
The pledge from Vickers and Coplon brings the tally of committed Division I college football players to four. Pharoh Cooper is heading to South Carolina and Malcom Ashley is set to attend ECU.
Standout running back Derrell Scott has been offered by a dozen or so big-name programs, while several other Havelock Rams are receiving attention.
“I’ve always wanted to do this since I was a little kid,” Vickers said. “I’ve always loved football and it’s always been my favorite sport. Playing in front of thousands of people in the stands, and on national TV, makes everything better.”
Vickers and Coplon may have to attend prep school for a year before attending their respective schools. They should be ready by the 2014 season.
“I’m expecting a lot of competition,” Coplon said. “I am going to bring my ball skills. I am pretty good at watching the ball and playing the ball.”
Vickers, listed at 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, will likely join the Gamecocks’ program in two years when former Havelock offensive lineman Corey Robinson is a senior.
Robinson is starting on South Carolina’s line. Add Vickers, Cooper and possibly Scott, who is being recruited hard by South Carolina, the Gamecocks’ roster could be Havelock heavy.
“I’m excited,” Vickers said. “I told my parents last night that I was going to commit. They might have been more excited than I was.”
Vickers’ dream was to play Division I football. Soon, he will be playing in one of the best football conferences in the Southeastern Conference.
“They call it the mini-NFL for a reason,” Vickers said. “The game-speed in the SEC is so much faster than in every other conference. The competition-level is at an all-time high, and I like to be pushed.”
Coplon, who was invited to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, has two receiving touchdowns, four punt returns for touchdowns and three interception returns for scores.
“I picked (ECU) because I liked the coaches, and I know some of the players,” said Coplon, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds. “I like what they are doing there.”