10 Redhawks ink collegiate commitments

BLYTHEWOOD – Westwood High School recently recognized 10 members of the Class of 2023 who are committed to continuing their athletic careers on the collegiate level. The group included athletes from seven different athletic teams on campus.

Two members of Westwood’s 4A state championship girls track team signed collegiate commitments.

Brianna Rodriguez made her plans to continue her track and field career at the University of Central Florida official. In the state meet of her junior season, Rodriguez won the 4A title in 200m, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and was a member of the winning 4×400 relay team. In 2023, she repeated her first place finishes in 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. She finished second with the 4×400 relay team, third in the 200m dash, and helped lead Westwood to their first state title.

Ticora Gaskin, also a member of the 2023 4A state champion girls’ track and field team, will continue her career at Campbell University. Ranked 7th nationally, Gaskin won her second straight gold in long jump this season. She was also a member of the 4×400 relay team that finished in second place and finished second in the 200m dash.

Raven Johnson, daughter of Mimi Johnson and Colin Johnson, will continue her basketball career at Benedict College. As a member of the 4A State Runner Up girls’ basketball team, Johnson is a two-time All-Region selection, a Pee Dee Capital City Classic All-Star, a North-South All-Star, and the disruption award recipient. She averaged 6.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game as a Redhawk.

Kaitlyn Cantey, daughter of Steven and Georgette Canty, will continue her cheerleading career at North Carolina A&T. Cantey was a flyer for Westwood’s cheerleading team.

Tyrie Mayo, son of Tyree Mayo Sr. and Amanda Sweat, will continue his track career at Wingate. Mayo is was a sprinter at Westwood.

Kareem Harrison will continue his football career at Erskine College. As a Redhawk, Harrison had 22 tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Jayden Harrison, son of Takeisha Rowan and Kaprice Rowan, signed with Jirah Prep to continue his football career. Harrison was a 2022 All-Region selection, Offensive MVP and set Westwood’s school record for longest touchdown run (99 yards). In his Redhawk career, he had 7 touchdowns (5 receiving), and averaged 10.1 yards per reception. 

Noah Jennings signed to continue his football career with Charleston Southern University. Jennings tallied 1534 yards as a Redhawk, averaging 18.5 yards per receptions, and had 20 touchdowns. He also had seven tackles, an interception and a fumble recovery as a senior.

Eli Brown will continue his football career at Brevard College. A defensive end and tight end for the Redhawks, Brown had four collegiate offers and was on the A and A/B honor roll throughout his high school career. He had nine tackles and a sack in his senior year.

KJ Rowan, son of Thelma Pabon, Kaprice and Takeshia Rowan and Shaun Jenkins, will continue his basketball caeer at Believe Prep. Rowan received a Westys nomination and is on the A/B Honor roll. 

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