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South's Robey earns all-state recognition

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

South Brunswick High School football player James Robey has been named to the ncpreps.com all-state team.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound senior was named to the high school sports Web site’s Class 2A team as a tight end.

“James is a great story. We’re very proud of him,” said South Brunswick coach Gordon Walters.

“He’s very much a product of hard work. He’s never missed a workout. He’s the only kid who comes close to 100 percent attendance. I think he had four or five touchdown catches for us this year.”

Robey also started on defense and played outside linebacker and end. He was one of the leading tacklers on the team and was named the Cougars’ defensive MVP.

Robey helped South Brunswick finish 7-4 and reach the state playoffs for the second year in a row. After the season, he was named all-county, first-team all-conference and second-team all-area.

Walters said Robey is an outstanding student with a 4.3 grade point average who is being recruited by several colleges.

He has planned official visits to Wofford and The Citadel and also is being recruited by VMI, Furman and Appalachian State. Walters said he expects Wofford and The Citadel to offer scholarships.

“I expect him to make his decision in the next couple of weeks. He’ll sign on National Signing Day (Feb. 6),” Walters said.

“He’s a wonderful kid with great parents and a great work ethic, and he’s got a lot of great football ahead of him.”

It is believed that Robey is the first South Brunswick player to be named to an all-state team in at least 20 years.

“We as coaches found out (last Thursday) and were very excited. I don’t know when South Brunswick’s had an all-state player,” Walters said.

“It gives the younger kids something to shoot for and lets them know that it can be done. It means a lot for our program.”