With spring training behind it, the Fort Dorchester Football program is transitioning into its summer workouts.
“We had more than 200 kids come out for football this spring and many of them are already in our weight-training program so we feel good about that,” Patriots coach Steve LaPrad said. “We saw where we need to get some work done in order to have a good summer. We have several guys who already have D1 offers so we are excited about this group.”
A handful of FD athletes are drawing interest from multiple Division 1 football programs.
“That doesn’t always translate into wins, but it speaks to the type of talent we have,” LaPrad said. “We have a lot of players returning in our skills positions. Up front on both sides of the ball is where we have the most work to do.”
Rising senior De’Andrae Sabb returns at quarterback after passing for nearly 2,000 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushing for nearly 1,000 yards and 20 TDs last season. Running back Kalil Jenkins also returns after rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 10 TDs as a junior.
One of Fort Dorchester’s leading receivers for 2018 graduated last month, but three other receivers return with considerable varsity experience. Qway’Jon Simmons, Keith Desaussure and Antoine Parker all had more than 350 yards in receptions last year.
Fort Dorchester also has experience across the second and third tiers of its defense. Defensive back Jy’Heim Wilson and linebacker Darryle Ware are among the defensive starters who will be looked to for leadership next season.
The Patriots will lift weights and condition throughout the summer. They will also send 7 on 7 squads to a two-day camp at Byrnes, a two-day camp at Rock Hill and a local event in July that will include squads from Summerville, Ashley Ridge and Woodland high schools.