Area Sports Briefs: Clemson wants Salisbury’s Walker to play linebacker

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 3, 2020

From staff reports

Salisbury linebacker Jalon Walker (Class of 2022) has received a football scholarship offer from Clemson.

Walker, a four-star prospect, has received 17 D-I offers from ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac 12 and American Athletic Conference schools, including Ohio State and Texas.

He is ranked as a top-15 outside linebacker nationally in his class and is ranked as a top-10 prospect in the state, regardless of position.


A.L. Brown linebacker Torren Wright (Class of 2022) has received four  offers, including a recent one from N.C. State. He also has offers from Kentucky, South Carolina and Old Dominion. Like Walker, Wright is considered one of the state’s best prospects and one of the top outside linebackers in his class nationally.


Davie County’s 6-foot-6 quarterback Nate Hampton (Class of 2021) has received at least 22 offers, ranging from the SEC to the Ivy League.


Catawba athletics

SALISBURY —  A pair of Catawba cross country and track and field student-athletes were named to the 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District 3 team.

Senior Hannah Mercer was named to the women’s team, while junior Tom Joyce claimed a spot on the men’s team.

Mercer achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA during her four years, majoring in therapeutic recreation. She was a three-time All-SAC performer in cross country and twice earned all-region honors. Over her career, Mercer claimed four individual wins and set a school mark for a 6k.

As a junior, Mercer medaled at the South Atlantic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 5000 meters. She set indoor school marks in the 3000 and 5000 meters with outdoor records in the 3000, 5000 and 10,000 meters.

Joyce boasts a 3.97 GPA as he majors in biology and environmental sustainability. He came to Catawba as a men’s soccer player, but transitioned to cross and track as a sophomore. He as medaled three times in the distance medley relay at the SAC Indoor Championships which included a first place finish this season. He holds school records indoors at 800 and 1000 meters and outdoors at 800 and 1500 meters.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jocelyn Lowe (Sr. 4.00, Exercise Science) also was named to the team. Lowe is an East Rowan graduate.


NCAA DIVISION II – DISTRICT 3 (Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic)
Kylie Dahlberg – Lenoir-Rhyne (Jr. 3.96, Biology)
Natane Deruytter – Queens (Sr. 3.87, Psychology / Interior Design)
Emma Driggers – Francis Marion (Sr. 3.94, History / French)
Nia Elmore – Clayton State (Sr. 3.77, Psychology & Human Services)
Aleah Johnson – North Georgia (Sr. 3.92, Elementary & Special Education)
Jocelyn Lowe – Lenoir-Rhyne (Sr. 4.00, Exercise Science)
Sarah Mae – McGowan Georgia College (Jr. 4.00, Nursing)
Nicole McMillen – Tusculum (Gr. 3.92/4.00, Business Management (U) / MBA (G)
Hannah Mercer – Catawba (Sr. 4.00, Therapeutic Recreation)
Taylor Moncrief – Mount Olive (Sr. 3.85, Psychology)

Josh Adkins – Lenoir-Rhyne (Sr. 3.95, Medical Studies)
Caleb Agee – Carson-Newman (Sr. 3.96, Biology)
Roberto Fajardo – Lincoln Memorial (So. 3.79, Exercise & Rehabilitation Science)
Jonathan Hughes – Lincoln Memorial (Jr. 3.96, Management)
Tom Joyce – Catawba (Jr. 3.97, Biology & Environmental Sustainability)
Martin Knauer – Queens (Jr. 3.91, Mathematics)
Tucker Mullis – Wingate (Jr. 3.78, Management)
Shawn Olmstead – Georgia College (Sr. 3.85, Exercise Science)
Anthony Raftis – Queens (Sr. 3.87, Sport Management / Math)
Hayden Tuten – Anderson (Jr. 3.96, Marketing)



CHAPEL HILL – The  NCHSAA announced the NFHS State Award for Outstanding Service for 2020 will be presented to Deran Coe, Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) athletic director.