Varn plans to anchor the line at Newberry

NATIONAL SIGNING DAY: Clinton High School senior football standout Kody Varn signs for the gridiron at Newberry College.

An offensive lineman and North-South Game selection, Varn said the Wolves coaches have him targeted for center, a position he never played in high school. "I can learn," Varn said. He committed early to Presbyterian College, and withdrew when the Blue Hose instituted non-scholarship football. His head coach Andrew Webb said the Newberry offer is worth $136,000 over 4 years.

The Wolves were South Atlantic Conference Champions in 2016, and have played in recent seasons in the Division II National Championship Series. Varn said he also received offers from Lenoir-Rhyne and Catawba. "You can ask any player," Varn said, "Newberry is a family-oriented school."

Webb said Varn started at Clinton High as a 155 lb offensive lineman, and "worked his butt off" to achieve a muscular 250 lbs. Varn said his greatest improvement has come physically - "just punishing the person in front of me." His best Red Devil memories are as a sophomore, not having played JV football, in his first game the team defeated AC Flora in overtime, and the Red Devils defeating Laurens his junior season.

The best thing about participating in the North-South Game, Varn said, was getting a $100 Target gift card and shopping for children that the teams visited. He plans to major in Sports Management, with the aim someday of becoming an Athletics Director.

Varn signed a National Letter of Intent today (Feb. 7) before an audience of students and staff in the CHS auditorium.




Wolves ink 51 players on National Signing Day; Signing class features two Mr. Football finalists NEWBERRY – Newberry head coach Todd Knight and his staff released an initial crop of 51 signees to mark Wednesday's National Signing Day. Fifty of the 51 players that signed to play with Newberry are from in-state institutions. Arguably most notable among them are Newberry High School running back Amir Abrams and Chapman quarterback Colton Bailey, who were each named finalists for South Carolina's Mr. Football award. In all, the Wolves signed one Shrine Bowler, 14 North-South All-Stars, and six Border Bowl participants, including the game's Most Valuable Player. The signing class also includes two Region Players of the Year and the 2A Offensive Player of the Year in Chesterfield quarterback Savion Watson. Additional members of this year's recruiting class may come in the days ahead. All of Newberry's signees, along with their headshots and bios, can be found at Signing Day Central. Fans can also search the hashtag #NBYFamily18 on Twitter to see graphics of each signee and send congratulatory messages to the newest Wolves.

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