(pictured above: (From left) Lucas Brim, Reginald Gray, Daryl Napper Jr. and Bryan McKenzie have received full scholarships.)
Carver High School seniors Reginald Gray, Daryl Napper Jr., Lucas Brim and Bryan McKenzie will continue their football careers this fall in college. The four have been awarded full athletic scholarships.
Brim and McKenzie will attend Winston Salem State University; Gray is headed to Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh; Daryl Napper Jr. will study and play in Charlotte at Johnson C. Smith University.
The success of these student/athletes pleases Coach Germane Crowell, a former NFL’er who just completed his first season at Carver.
“My desire is to continue the tradition of young men playing football at Carver High School, earning a scholarship and becoming productive citizens of society,” he said.
Lucas is excited about playing close to home. Bruce Brim, Lucas’s father, plans to be at Bowman Gray Stadium for every Rams home game.
“I am very proud of my son and feel that he is very fortunate to receive a scholarship from such a great university,” said Brim, whose brother, Matthew, earned a full scholarship to Wake Forest University after graduating from Carver.
Napper is a well-rounded athlete. In addition to being a stellar defensive back, he is a standout long-jumper on the track team.
“Charlotte is a great city, and I plan to earn my bachelor’s and master’s degrees while there,” said Napper, whose father Daryl Sr., is applauding his decision to attend the venerable JCSU.
“Coming to Carver has been a blessing to me and my family,” said the elder Napper. “My son has received a solid education his senior year, and he could not have found a better coach to play for in Germane Crowell.”
Regina Harrell, Gray’s mother, credits the Carver Nation and a higher power for her son’s good fortune.
“There were many times I did not think this moment would be possible, but I kept the faith and a promise from God,” he said. “He placed these awesome coaches and educators in my son’s path.”
McKenzie is glad he didn’t listen to naysayers when he decided to transfer to Carver.
“Many people told me how terrible Carver was. I am glad I did not listen to them. My mother and I visited the school and was pleased with what we saw. Coming to Carver has been a blessing to me.”
Erica McKenzie, Bryan’s mother, was overwhelmed when her son received a full scholarship.
“This has been my prayer. God surely answered my prayers,” she said.