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Locust Grove's Wise commits to Presbyterian

Photo by Brian Paglia / Locust Grove quarterback Keenan Wise committed to Presbyterian this past weekend.

Photo by Brian Paglia / Locust Grove quarterback Keenan Wise committed to Presbyterian this past weekend.

LOCUST GROVE — Keenan Wise felt the familiarity in Clinton, S.C., that he was hoping for.

“It was just like home away from home,” Wise said. “It felt like Locust Grove was in South Carolina went I went there.”

So Wise plans to go back for awhile.

The Wildcats quarterback committed to Presbyterian, a Football Championship Subdivision football program that plays in the Big South Conference, this past weekend on his official visit, almost three weeks before National Signing Day on Feb. 6.

Wise’s commitment is a non-binding verbal until his signs a letter of intent.

The 6-foot-2, 170-pound signal caller had a standout season for Locust Grove as a senior. Wise passed for 1,319 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 695 yards and nine touchdowns. That’s 2,014 yards of offense and 24 touchdowns.

But his contribution went beyond just the stat sheet. Locust Grove went through the process of changing its offense before this season around Wise’s dual-threat skill set and Wise made the Wildcats look smart for it, leading them to the program’s first winning record (6-4) and within a game of the state playoffs.

“We progressed a whole lot over four years,” Wise said, “and finishing the way we did as a senior class definitely proves that hard work pays off.”

Presbyterian could use Wise’s combination of leadership and talent. The Blue Hose went 2-9 overall and 0-6 in the Big South this past season with two redshirt freshmen at quarterback.

“They run a spread option similar to what we run at Locust Grove,” Wise said. “It felt like a pretty good fit being able to run and throw. ... The football is on the way up.”

Wise chose Presbyterian over Alabama State, Charleston Southern and Northern Iowa.