By CINDY CROSBY
For the past 10 years, Kylee Hart has given his all to the game of football.
The Colleton County High School senior saw his dedication to the game pay off this week when he inked a scholarship to play football for Division II Erskine College in the Conference Carolinas in Due West. Hart verbally committed to the Flying Fleet on February 4 and will join the newly reinstated program in its inaugural season.
As a four-year veteran of the Cougar football program, Hart spent three years as a varsity starter in several positions but found his niche at fullback. He was honored with the Heart of the Cougar Award following the 2019 season.
“I sent my film to be viewed by the coaches at Erskine,” said Hart when asked about the recruiting process. “I was academically excepted to Erskine. Lane West, who is a friend and formal Cougar, spoke to the coaches about me. Once my film was viewed, I was also offered a football scholarship. I look forward to being back on the field with Lane in the upcoming season.”
According to Hart, he knew Erskine was a great fit after making a visit to Due West. “Once I visited Erskine, I knew it was the place for me,” said Hart. “The small-town atmosphere made it feel like home.”
Hart cited the support and efforts of his coaches in helping make this day possible. “All my coaches have helped me along the way, but the ones that stand out the most are Coach Jay Davis, Coach Coby Peeler and Coach Kristopher Howell,” said Hart.
“I would like to thank my football brothers for teaching me how to be a better person and friend,” said Hart. “I would also like to thank my family and friends for always showing their support throughout the years. Also, my coaches for teaching me hard work, determination and putting God first would make me a better person and player.”
Hart maintains a 4.319 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to pursue a degree in sports management with a minor in business. Kylee is the son of Nicole Bryan and Michael Hart. His stepfather is James Bryan.