Another Dawson County High School senior has received a scholarship for his athletic prowess.
Ty Williams signed a letter of intent last week to continue his wrestling career at Anderson University in Anderson, S.C.
The scholarship comes after Williams has wrestled for just one season.
"Ty's hard work has really paid off. Sometimes, what you want isn't what actually happened," said Dawson County High School Wrestling Coach Arron Haynes. "Ty has played football since he was five years old and originally wanted to sign a football scholarship. We got him wrestling for a year and now he's getting into college with that."
Williams' father Scott said he was surprised when his son told him he would be wrestling.
"Throughout Ty's career, I thought he would be playing football," he said. "I really enjoyed watching him wrestling, though, and I really want to thank all of his coaches and friends for helping him get to where he is today."
His mother, Marcie Hughes, said that she was happy her son found his place.
"It's been 13 years of football and I never thought that after four months of wrestling this is the avenue he would go, but it's meant to be," she said. "He's found a chance to continue to be part of a team. He's been on teams since he was three. I don't think Ty would know what to do without being on a team of some sort."
Williams, however, said that it wasn't his work alone that got him into Anderson.
"I just want to thank everyone for helping me," he said. "My mom put up with me. My dad let me throw him around. [My brother] Jake dealt with me every day in every [football] practice. I definitely did not get to where I am by myself."