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Colleton County: LaTrell Nieves inks football scholarship to Marshall University today

Latrell Nieves inks his football scholarship to D1 Marshall in front of family, coaches, teachers, and teammates. Photo by Cindy Crosby

Today was a great day for the history book of Colleton County High School Athletics; and especially a great day for Chris Collins and the football program.  Cougar LaTrell Nieves inked his National Letter of Intent, on National Signing Day, to play football for Marshall University next year. Nieves, a standout wide receiver for the Cougars, will look to contribute early-on to The Thundering Herd. Located in Huntington, West Virginia, Marshall competes in NCAA Division I, Conference USA.

Choosing Marshall over University of Virginia and South Carolina State, Nieves visited the campus this past weekend and affirmed his decision. In attendance for today’s signing were his parents, family members, coaches, and representatives from Lowcountry television and media outlets.

“I am very happy for him and proud of this accomplishment,” said Cougar Head Coach Chris Collins. Trell’s signing today was a product of a lot of people working with him to help him out; his teachers, Mrs. Shider who helped make sure he was eligible, the coaches, and of course, his teammates. It was also nice to see the program get some attention from outside of the community today, as we see one of our young men heading off and doing good things with football and school; something that hasn’t been done in some time. I am very happy for him and I know his best football is ahead of him and he can go to college and get a degree and do really well in life.”

When Coach Collins says “some time” he is referring to the fact that it has been since 2007, since a Cougar football player has signed with a Division I school straight out of high school. Nick Adams signed with East Carolina in 2007, but ended up going to JUCO for a year, before eventually going to the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Byron Jerideau, played DI football, but did not sign directly out of high school. He also, played two years of JUCO before becoming a Gamecock.

Latrell plans to pursue a business degree. He is the son of Jamie and Otniel Nieves of Walterboro.

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