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Goose Creek student talks about difficulties of signing day

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For many athletes, signing day can be a difficult day with a big decision for high school athletes choosing their college.

While most only have one team to play for, some have to choose which sport to even focus on.

Goose Creek star Dantez Bennamon is one of those athletes, choosing between basketball and football.

"My first love is basketball," Bennamon said. "That's what I started playing at first. I went out football one year, and I fell in love with that, too."

Whichever sport he plans, he is the leader. Coach Chuck Reedy praised Bennamon football IQ, trusting him with his team.

In basketball, it's no different.

"I Had to be a leader for both and community with everybody, so it kind of goes together," he said.

With promise at either sport, Bennamon's story sounds similar to another Lowcountry native: Bruce Ellington of Moncks Corner. Ellington chose South Carolina for basketball, but then joined the football team. He is now declaring for the NFL.

"I look up to Bruce a lot," Bennamon said. "It's good to see somebody who does it, that I can always follow him up and ask for advice."

Bennamon has plenty of offers. Schools like Furman, Presbyterian College and the Citadel say they are interested in him for basketball, or both.

"The Citadel have been recruiting me kind of hard," he said. "They are trying to get more local players, and build around the Lowcountry a little bit more. Presbyterian has been recruiting me hard too. And Furman is coming to watch me play my game on Tuesday, so it's been kind of busy for me."

The Citadel and Presbyterian are offering both sports and Furman is just for basketball. Which school he chooses and even if he decides to continue being a two sport athlete are two big decisions ahead of the high school senior.

They are so big that he decided to forgo signing day to give himself time.

"I just have to follow my heart, and right now I am still undecided which one I want to play," he said. "But it'll eventually come down to it, whether I want to play both, or just one. So, it'll be a tough decision for me to make."

No matter where he ends up or which sport he ends up playing, Bennamon said he will always be thankful for the Goose Creek Gators.

"It's just like the environment at Goose Creek is almost like its a college, there are so many people, and you got a supportive background. The community, they come out and support us with everything we do," he said.

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