SUMMERTON - Because he is very good at several different things, Joshua Pringle of Scott's Branch High School is going to be able to compete in athletics at the collegiate level.
Pringle recently signed with South Carolina State University in …
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Pringle recently signed with South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, where he will compete in both track and field and football for the Bulldogs.
"This is really something I've wanted to do all my life," said Pringle, who will throw the shot put and the discus in track and be a long snapper in football. "I got put into the right positions in sports that I love. I'm just happy to have this opportunity."
Pringle was a standout thrower for the Eagles, who have won the 1A boys state title each of the past two seasons. They defeated Military Magnet 96-93 last month to defend their crown. Pringle had over one-fifth of their points, scoring 20 for winning both the shot and the discus.
Pringle won the discus with a toss of 130 feet, 11 inches. He claimed the shot with a throw of 47-04.
As a junior, Pringle finished fourth in the shot and second in the discus.
"This is something I just really enjoy doing," Pringle said.
Pringle was also a standout on the Scott's Branch football team, playing nose guard on defense and guard on offense. However, at an even 6 feet and 216 pounds, Pringle isn't cut out to be a lineman for S.C. State, a Football Championship Subdivision school in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
One other thing he did for the Eagles though was serve as the long snapper, and he did it quite well.
"They saw me snap and they said I was a very good snapper," Pringle said. "That's when they said they wanted to do something with me."
Scott's Branch track and field head coach Kevin Miller has nothing but praise for Pringle.
"He's one of the most consistent, outstanding athletes I've ever coached," said Miller, who served as the defensive coordinator for the football team as well. "He's a 2-time state champion in track and he did whatever you needed in football. Plus, he's an outstanding student, and he's getting an ROTC scholarship as well.
"I'm really happy for him. I'm glad he's getting this opportunity."
While S.C. State isn't at the highest level in football, the rest of the school's sports compete at the Division I level.
"That's something that really excites me, to get the chance to compete at that level," Pringle said.
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