Wise wants to run with the Wolves
A man who lets his play on the field do his talking, Clinton High senior Mark Wise, inked an agreement today to take his talents to Newberry College.
A 3-year starter on defense, Wise in 2017 was the leading rusher for a Red Devil offense that averaged about 400 yards per game. Wise was the 2017 Laurens County Touchdown Club Player of the Year, and All-County and All-Conference his junior and senior seasons.
Red Devil Football Head Coach Andrew Webb said he wouldn't put Mark on the spot, and ask him to speak in front of the student body - assembled in the auditorium for his Valentine's Day signing - but Webb said Wise wants to express his appreciation to Red Devil Nation for its support. He joked with teammates sitting in the front row, before he signed the Newberry National Letter of Intent, and took a selfie when teammates came to the stage to surround him.
"It feels like home. They treat their players good," Wise said of Newberry College football, which inked 51 players last week on National Signing Day. If he plays defense for the Wolves, in practice, Wise is going to have to chase Chapman's Colton Bailey and Newberry's Amir Abrams - two Region 3-3A stars he chased for three seasons playing Red Devil defense.
For 2017, Wise was Clinton's leading tackles. In college, he said he wants to play running back. The Wolves could do worse if they slot him in the backfield - this past season, Wise gained 1,388 yards on 192 rushing attempts for a 118.9 avg/game.
His total offense was 1,456 yards, averaging 132.4/game with 14 touchdowns and 1 2-pt conversion to account for 86 points. Webb said many times, coaches called on Wise to play in an unfamiliar position; he said he didn't mind the challenge, "I am an athlete."
His most memorable game was a 5 touchdown outburst against Aiken. Wise said the Newberry coaches will consider him for playing time at running back, outside linebacker or safety. He wants to major in graphic design.