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Lions set to become Gladiators

Posted: May 16, 2012 - 12:10am
Justice Dennis, left, and William Wolf signed letters of intent to play football at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg, S.C., on Thursday. Joining them, from left: Dennis' brother William Simpkins, Sha'Toria Dent, brother Lewis Simpkins and mother Shonda Simpkins. Middle is Lions' football coach Keith Walton, with Wolf's mother Gloria Dorch and sister Toneshia Wolf.  Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Justice Dennis, left, and William Wolf signed letters of intent to play football at Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College in Orangeburg, S.C., on Thursday. Joining them, from left: Dennis' brother William Simpkins, Sha'Toria Dent, brother Lewis Simpkins and mother Shonda Simpkins. Middle is Lions' football coach Keith Walton, with Wolf's mother Gloria Dorch and sister Toneshia Wolf.

With a pair of signings at Augusta Christian, two Lions are now set to become Gladiators.

William Wolf and Justice Dennis made official their decision to attend Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep Academy in Orangeburg, S.C., Thursday.

The pair follow teammate Adonis Roberson, who signed with the junior college in February, and both said they hope to later transfer to Clemson.

For Wolf, going there with teammates will be a good way to make the transition to college easier.

“I can make new friends, but I can feel comfortable around the ones I already know for now until I get to know other people,” said Wolf.

The 6-foot, 200-pound defensive end attended a camp at the school and they liked his speed.

“They told me I should come there and I said, ‘OK,’” Wolf said. He also said he prayed and that helped with his decision.

While his main consideration is to play football, he might think about competing in track after taking second and fourth in shotput and discus, respectively, at the South Carolina Independent School Association state track meet.

For Dennis, there were a few things that he really liked about the school.

“It’s close to home, it’s close to my brother in Charleston and the school’s pretty nice as well,” said Dennis.

The 6-foot, 257-pound offensive lineman played tackle at Augusta Christian, but may be moved to center as a Gladiator. No matter where he plays, he wants to use the opportunity Orangeburg-Calhoun as a stepping stone.

“I expect to get a lot of hard work done and pray to God I make a name for myself and move on,” Dennis said.

While at Orangeburg-Calhoun, Dennis also plans to start prepping for a life after football.

“I’m going study education and go into coaching,” he said. “That’s the plan God has for me.”

Lions head coach Keith Walton had nothing but high praise for the pair, and was happy to see the direction their futures were taking.

“I’m excited for both of these young men,” said Lions football coach Keith Walton.

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