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Riverside's Bogan, Bridges, Manfre, Heslop sign athletic grants

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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Jeremiah Bogan signed with Elon College to play football. Parents Antonina and Larry Geer attended the ceremony.
 
 

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Jeremiah Bogan signed with Elon College to play football. Parents Antonina and Larry Geer attended the ceremony.

 

 



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Corey Bridges, who signed to play football at North Greenville University, shared the ceremony with his grandmother, Sandra Bridges.
 

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Corey Bridges, who signed to play football at North Greenville University, shared the ceremony with his grandmother, Sandra Bridges.

 



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Rachele Manfre will play soccer at Clemson University. Attending the signing ceremony are her mother Shellie, father, Ted, and brother and sister.
 

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Rachele Manfre will play soccer at Clemson University. Attending the signing ceremony are her mother Shellie, father, Ted, and brother and sister.

 



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Larissa Heslop signed to play soccer at Eastern Kentucky University. Her mother, Juanda, and sister, Lana, attended the signing. Her father, Larry, is not pictured.
 

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Larissa Heslop signed to play soccer at Eastern Kentucky University. Her mother, Juanda, and sister, Lana, attended the signing. Her father, Larry, is not pictured.

 



A pair of Riverside High School football players and soccer players signed with colleges Wednesday in the school’s gymnasium.

Jeremiah Bogan signed to play football with Elon University and Corey Bridges will join North Greenville University this fall.

Rachele Manfre signed to play soccer with Clemson University and teammate Larissa Heslop will play at Eastern Kentucky University.

Bogan isn’t listed on Elon’s list of 22 commitments since he just committed Tuesday and will not take his official visit to the school until this weekend. The NCAA provides one official visit to signees. Bogan was snowed in Greer when visit was scheduled. 

Bogan, a defensive back and wide receiver, attended the EPT football skills camp last summer and was named most valuable in one game and selected to the top 10 in camp overall.

He led Region II-4A with the most interceptions his junior season and was fourth last season.

“I love to watch film and try to get better every game,” Bogan said. He and Troy Pride, Jr., who signed with Notre Dame Wednesday, have been best friends and worked out together in the offseason.

Bogan faced some of the best talent in the state virtually every game with Riverside playing in Class 4A Region II-A. “It makes you better playing against the best players,” Bogan said.

“Jeremiah is a great kid, student and great role model,” Riverside Head Coach Phil Smith said. “You’ll not find a better high school kid with high character. He’s a great example of a leader and will be a tremendous leader going forward.”

Bogan said he will look to add some weight to his 5-foot-9, 160-pound frame.

Bridges said he expects to play at tight end at NGU. He played tight end and defensive end last year.

“He’s got the frame to put on some weight,” Smith said. “College football is a lot different than high school . . . a whole different aspect.”

Bridges’ playing weight at 6-foot-2 was 220 pounds. Smith said Bridges needs some extra bulk to play at NGU.

After signing, as Bridges’ family was leaving the parking lot, his mother, Amanda, smiled and reflected what a lot of football moms felt like. “I am a very happy mom today,” she said.

Manfre played defender and mid-fielder for Riverside.

“I liked Clemson because they are a great team, have good coaches and felt almost like home,” Manfre said.

Manfre said where she plays is to be determined when she reports and begins practicing.

Heslop will play at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky.

The Colonels soccer team was 4-14 overall last season and was 4-6 in the Ohio Valley Conference.

 

 

 

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