NEWBERRY — Newberry High School senior Amir Cromer, 17, has officially signed to play football at Newberry College, where he will play on the offensive line.
“I chose Newberry College because the coaches showed me a lot of love, and I feel at home on that campus, it just feels like a great fit for me,” he said.
Cromer said that he is going to miss his coaches at Newberry High School, especially his offensive line coach, Coach Mills. He said they shared a lot together and he (Mills) stayed on his back, something he has appreciated.
“Not only the coaches, but playing with these guys on the team. We’ve been playing together since we were young, five, six and seven year’s old. I’ll be missing those guys and the memories we shared, will be truly missed,” he said.
During his time at Newberry High, Cromer has been involved in a numerous sports and activities. He played golf, ran track and was involved in the Youth Coalition and Young Life. He also announced the baseball games and assisted Coach Chad Cary, athletic director, as much as he could.
Cromer plans to major in elementary education. He said he loves kids and he loves helping to give back to the community.
“Right now, I think that is the best asset for me to give back,” he said.
When he becomes a student at Newberry College, he plans to stay as active as he was at Newberry High. He said he plans on joining a lot of the campus ministries and other organizations on campus to stay active. He also plans to stay involved in the Newberry Community, which includes Young Life.
When it comes to playing at the next level, Cromer said he is looking forward to working harder and earning his position.
“Coming in as a freshman, you have to go hard every play, just a challenge to step up to the next level and keep playing the game that I love,” he said.
Head Coach Phil Strickland said that Cromer has been a solid football player over the years, and has turned into a good offensive lineman.
“He is a good kid, he does a lot in our community and I think he is going to be an asset to the college,” he said.
Cromer’s mother, Lashonda, said that it is very good to see her son sign to play at Newberry College.
“To see him sign today is very emotional, I am very proud of him,” she said.
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