By Sarah Middleton
Scott’s Branch running back, quarterback, defensive end and linebacker Sean Swaringer signed his letter of intent to attend and play football at Newberry College this fall.
Some of the aspects that Swaringer took a liking to when he visited Newberry College’s campus were their athletic and academic facilities. Swaringer describes the environment there as very welcoming and that it feels like home.
“It’s just a dream come true,” said Swaringer referring to the opportunity. Football has been a part of his life since rec.
“I bring a lot of energy, focus, and hard-work,” said Swaringer on what he plans to contribute to the team. “I’ll make sure I study hard and get my grades up first, and then I’ll be in the weight room all summer, fall and winter.”
This young man lives by the motto “Can’t stop, won’t stop.”
“Sean Swaringer is a very intelligent, young man. He has a 4.5 GPA. Being selected by Newberry, I think that’s a great fit for him. Newberry does have a strong academic base, and I think he will thrive at Newberry, as well as on the field. I think he is very deserving. Great young man, and great character. His father would be proud,” said Assistant Defensive Coach Kevin Miller.
Swaringer has been picked to fulfill a running back and linebacker position on the Newberry’s football team. Swaringer has shared that if the chance were presented to him, he would like to play professional football after college.
“I’ve known Sean for five years. He is extremely talented, and he’s a total scholar athlete. It means so much to him to be great in everything he does. The sky is the limit for Sean,” said Head Coach Brian Smith. “I know he’s going to be successful in whatever career he chooses, because he has all the right ingredients. I feel confident he’s going to be a leader no matter where he goes.”
Academically, Swaringer is interested in majoring in pre-med or exercise science.
“He has gone through so many adversities, but he remained focused and humble. God just opened doors for him that no one else could open,” said Sadrina Edwards, Swaringer’s mother. “I’m just thankful for the opportunity, and I know that he’s going to do well and make me proud. I'll be there cheering from the stands.”
For those he’d like to thank for this opportunity, Swaringer said, "I'd like to thank God, my mom, dad, siblings, coaches, and mentors.”