BHS football players make college decision

  • Two Barnwell High football players signed their intent to play football for colleges. From left, Keyshawn Jenkins and Nathaniel Toole (sitting) sign their letters of intent on Friday. Jenkins will be attending Rahmah College of Rock Hill and Toole will be attending Newberry College. From left (standing), Head football coach Dwayne Garrick, Keyshawn Jenkins’ grandmother Olivia Creech and parents Phillip and Phaniki Jenkins. Also pictured are Nathan Toole’s parents Dale and Rhonda Toole, sibling Jordan Toole, grandparents Sherrie and Jimmy Dyson, sibling Nick Toole and Athletic Director Dave Anastasia.

Almost two months ago on National Signing Day, Barnwell High head football coach Dwayne Garrick had two of his prominent players sign Division 1-A college scholarships.

On Friday morning in the school library, Garrick was on hand again as two more impactful players from last year’s squad signed their letters of intent.

Keyshawn Jenkins and Nathan Toole made it official on the college of their choice next fall with Jenkins choosing Rahmah College of Rock Hill and Toole going with Newberry College.

Jenkins and Toole were greeted by a small gathering that included Athletic Director David Anatasia, family members, coaches and friends.

Garrick said he’s extremely proud of the players.

“Nathan Toole and Keyshawn Jenkins are very fine young men. They played a huge part in our success this season. There’s not many high school kickers who can kick 40-yard field goals. Toole did a great job for us in that area and he also played wide out. Jenkins was one of those players that could break a big run anytime because of his speed.”

This season, Jenkins was arguably the most versatile back in Region V. He played running back, lined up some at wide receiver and return punts and kickoffs. Jenkins possesses game breaking speed with three touchdown runs of more than 60 yards this season. He was the Warhorses’ top returner this season, averaging 37.3 yards on kickoff and 14.2 on punt returns.

Toole has been the Warhorse punter and kicker for the past three seasons. He improved his average punting from 38.4 yards during his sophomore season to 43.2 last year. Toole, who was selected as placekicker for Team South Carolina in this year Border Bowl, connected on 71 percent of his field goals last season.

Both players said they felt comfortable with their college decision.

“I like Newberry College because of its family atmosphere,” Toole said. “It’s a great opportunity to get an education doing something I love and that’s playing football and maybe even baseball.”

“Playing college football is something I’ve always dreamed about,” said Jenkins. “I talked with the coaches up there and they were straight forward with me. They’re looking for versatile players with speed and that’s my strength.”