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Donaldson signs to play football at Fairmont State

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

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Tyreek Donaldson, offensive lineman with Greer High School, signed with Fairmont College Tuesday. Tonya Johnson, Donald's mother, and Head Coach Will Young attended.
 
 

Jim Fair

Tyreek Donaldson, offensive lineman with Greer High School, signed with Fairmont College Tuesday. Tonya Johnson, Donald's mother, and Head Coach Will Young attended.

 

 



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Tyreek Donaldson and Tonya Johnson at Tyreek's signing.
 

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Tyreek Donaldson and Tonya Johnson at Tyreek's signing.

 



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It's time for friends to enjoy the moment with Tyreek Donaldson signing with Fairmont State.
 

Jim Fair

It's time for friends to enjoy the moment with Tyreek Donaldson signing with Fairmont State.

 

Tyreek Donaldson, an offensive lineman with Greer High School, signed a national letter-of-intent Tuesday to play football at Fairmont State.

Interestingly, Donaldson listed West Virginia University as his favorite team before the season, and will be playing at Fairmont, W. Va.

“We feel extremely lucky to pick up a guy with Tyreek’s size and athleticism this late in the recruiting process,” Fairmont Head Coach Jason Woodman said.

The 6-foot-3, 255-pound standout for the undefeated Region II-3A champions the past year, Donaldson came back from knee surgery early in his junior season. “I felt good playing last year and the knee didn’t bother me at all,” Donaldson said.

Donaldson made All-Region II-3A last season.

“Tyreek worked extremely hard in school and on the field,” Head Coach Will Young said. “He’s a solid student and he’s never been in trouble in school. He’s a good kid.”

Young said Donaldson reminds him of former Greer standout Tymeco Gregory with his long arms and reach. Gregory, former Greer standout, starred at Wofford and was All-Southern Conference.

“Tyreek needs to get a little quicker feet and add a little size,” Young said.

“He was a very good high school player and we’re excited to see how he transitions to the college game," Woodman said. "With him being as mobile as he is, we think he has the ability to play multiple spots on the offensive line.”

Tonya Johnson, Donaldson’s mother, said, “He’s made me proud. He has stuck with it and worked hard. My big baby is going on,” she said with a smile.

Donaldson said he will major in criminal justice looking to enter the FBI. “The Greenville County Sheriff Department came to Greer and told us law enforcement was an opportunity to help people. I’ve been interested ever since,” he said.

Donaldson is the fifth player for the 2015 Yellow Jackets to sign to continue to continue their athletic career at college.

• Mario Cusano, quarterback, Presbyterian College

• Dorian Lindsay, wide receiver, Wofford College

• Troy Pride, Jr., defensive back, University of Notre Dame

• Nick Roberson, placekicker, signed to play soccer at North Greenville University.

 

 

 

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