High school athletes honored by Touchdown Club
by Elyssa Parnell Staff Writer
NEWBERRY — Helping young men to maintain confidence in themselves and get them moving forward, Joel Turner with Turner Sports Management said his job is about knowing young men he represents can move on to bigger and better things.
A total of 12 students were recognized by the Newberry County Touchdown Club on Monday for their success on and off the field.
From Mid-Carolina High School, secondary coach David Smith recognized Rashon Graham, Landon Dowd, and L.J. Campbell as players of the month for the NCTDC. Graham represented the offense, Dowd the defense, and Campbell was recognized from special teams.
Coach Phil Strickland from Newberry High School recognized Ray Williams, offensive player of the month, Jaylen Caldwell representing the defense, and Jared Harmon as the special team’s player of the month.
Jerry King introduced his honorees from Whitmire High School as West Jenkins and R.J. Little as Co-offensive players of the month, and Cole Eison as defensive player of the month.
Newberry College football coach Todd Knight brought forward W.T. Murden as offensive player of the month, Edmond Robinson representing the defense, and Kyle Clark as special team’s player of the month.
After congratulating each player of the month for being honored and on their seasons thus far, Turner described his line of work as an NFL agent to be tedious, but also rewarding.
Currently, Turner said his company is representing 23 players that all have active contracts in the NFL. A few of these players are Tysyn Hartman, a safety for Kansas City, Ryan Clark, a free safety for Pittsburgh, and Tyler Thigpen, a quarterback for Buffalo.
“The reason we (our company) is where we are is because of our players’ dedication,” Turner said.
Turner said Turner Sports Management is the largest agency in South Carolina. He said his company tends to go after clients that their home life is of the very least “good.”
“We like young men that know the importance of their education,” Turner said.
Turner feels his company would not expand to having more than 30 clients, simply because they don’t want to take on more than they can handle.
“We really want to be able to take a genuine interest in their lives,” Turner said.
The next NCTDC meeting will be Nov. 18 for the yearly Clemson versus Carolina banquet. The guest speaker will be Reed Morton, legendary place kicker for USC.
Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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