Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Oceanez Fluitt recently capped off his breakout season by signing a letter of intent to play football at Newberry. “It feels like they were really, really interested in me,” said Fluitt, the Class A Lower State Back of the Year. “(Newberry coach Todd Knight) contacted me this morning …. he was really interested in me coming. I’m ready for it. It’s going to be a great experience. This weekend or next weekend, I’m going to come up there to look around the campus and show me around.”
Fluitt, 6-feet-2-inches and 200 pounds, wrapped up his senior season for the War Eagles with 2,499 all-purpose yards and 23 total touchdowns. He pulled in 71 catches for 1,337 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for 476 yards and eight more scores.
War Eagles coach Brian Smith, who finished his first year in the position, spoke highly of Fluitt’s skills and character. “We’re very proud of Oceanez,” he said. “He’s a phenomenal player, phenomenal person. We look forward to great things from him in the future. We have to give many thanks to Dr. (Janice) Gamble and Ms. (Debra) Keels, our principal and athletic director. They’ve been crucial to his success even before I got here. Also, to his parents as well for raising such a fine young man. He’s gonna be a treat for Newberry to have.”
Smith and Fluitt agreed that one of the more memorable moments of the senior’s career came in his last home game against Scott’s Branch. Fluitt scored seven touchdowns and racked up 282 total yards on Senior Night.
Anthony Parsons signed a letter of intent to play football for The Apprentice School in Newport News, Virginia. Parsons played defensive end and offensive guard for the War Eagles. In his senior season, he recorded 37 tackles, 28 solo, six tackles for a loss, a sack, a fumble recovery, and a forced fumble. He was named to the Class 7-A All-Region team.
Head coach Brian Smith praised Parsons’ accomplishments on and off the field. “Anthony is a young man that we are very proud of here at C.E. Murray,” Smith said. “He has set himself up for success on the field and most importantly in the classroom. Anthony had a great year for us playing defensive end and offensive guard. Anthony was one of our senior captains and a great leader for our future players to follow.”
Smith said Parsons’ support group helped guide him to reaching his potential.
“We look for great things for Anthony in the future at the Apprentice School in Newport News and beyond. Once again Dr. (Janice) Gamble and our athletic director did a great job with this young man. I want to thank Anthony’s mom, too. She did a phenomenal job raising a great young man.”