Three of the Lowco’s brightest football stars are taking their game to the next level.
May River’s legendary quarterback Ahmad Green and standout Thomas Heyward linemen Therion Cannon and John Hampton-Hewlett put pen to paper Wednesday, officially signing with their college programs on the first day of the NCAA’s December early signing period.
Green and Hewlett will keep it in the Palmetto State and play for The Citadel, while Cannon heads to Alabama to join the UAB Blazers.
There may not have been a more valuable player to his team the last four years than Green. A four-year starter for the Sharks, Green brought a fledgling new program to unimaginable heights.
A quarterback with the ability to gash any unsuspecting opponent on the ground, Green rushed for an amazing 1,390 yards and 23 touchdowns in his junior season while adding 1,212 yards and 12 scores through the air. In just the school’s fourth season of existence, he led his squad to the Lower State championship game, running in all three touchdowns against Strom Thurmond to clinch a spot in the final four. Green capped off a sensational career in 2020, passing and rushing for over 100 yards per game in an abbreviated season.
A former All-Lowco Player of the Year, Green was named a finalist for the prestigious Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl South Carolina Mr. Football award, the highest honor for a player in the state. His recruitment was slow early as college coaches wrestled with where he would fit into their schemes. The Citadel extended an offer earlier in the month, and Green had a whirlwind of other in-state offers coming in late, but he stuck with Brent Thompson’s squad, a program that gives him the opportunity to stay at quarterback while thriving with the Bulldogs’ triple option offense.
“I am blessed to be able to play Division I football at such a prestigious school,” Green said. “I’m excited to play on the next level and can’t wait to get to work.”
Cannon was the backbone of a Thomas Heyward offensive line that carried the Rebels to three consecutive SCISA state titles. Cannon’s hard work creating gaping holes for the running game contributed massively to an unstoppable rushing attack.
The Rebels averaged a whopping 329.3 rushing yards per game this year along with 10.5 yards per carry, numbers that could not have been possible without the work of Cannon. He also contributed on the defensive side, adding four tackles for loss along with a sack. Cannon will take the step up to the college ranks at UAB, a Division I program that has competed well in Conference-USA, including a 2019 appearance in the C-USA championship game and a conference title clinched with Friday’s win over Marshall.
“UAB has been with me through the thick and thin,” Cannon said. “Some teams came at me hard this weekend but at the end of the day UAB is home. What I’m most looking forward to at the next level is competition, starting over, earning a spot, and making the Thomas Heyward family proud.”
Hewlett was the leader of a monster Heyward defensive line that laid the foundation for a defense allowing less than 14 points per game in 2020. Hewlett led the squad with an amazing 28 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. A disruptor to any offense that crossed his path at the high school level, Hewlett will join fellow Lowco star Green at The Citadel, giving him a chance to contribute to a storied Division I school.
“The opportunity The Citadel is giving me is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Hewlett said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge of becoming a Bulldog. I’ve worked these past couple of years to get to the next level, and my coaches, family, and brothers have been there for me since the beginning. I’m looking forward to playing at the next level and getting to know a new set of brothers. I know it will be a challenge but I am ready for it. Fire those cannons.”
Written by Wes Kerr