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.