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For Wise, the hard part is over
Bulldog linebacker signs on with Newberry College
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CHS LINEBACKER FIDEL WISE signed a national football letter-of-intent with Newberry College on Wednesday. He is flanked by, from left, his sister, Santana Patterson, his mother, Princess Patterson, and his father Kenneth Wright. Looking on from behind are, from left, CHS linebacker coach Ron McKie Jr., CHS principal, Dan Matthews, and CHS head football coach/athletic director, Jimmy Neal.
If a few minutes talking into a pair of tape recorders were to be the worst part of his post-high school football career, then the next five years should be a breeze for Fidel Wise.Moments after the Camden High senior signed his national letter-of-intent to continue his academic and football careers at Newberry College, the 6-foot-1, 240-pounder was asked what part of moving on to the collegiate level made him the most nervous.“This interview,” he said before breaking out into a full laugh.That part of the process now behind him, Wise said he can now focus on the bigger picture which is to finish out his high school years before joining the Wolves for the start of Newberry’s 2012 football season later this summer.Unlike many recruits who had more than one year to prove themselves to college coaches, Wise had just one shot in order to make a first and lasting impression.Heading into his junior campaign, Wise was being looked to as a blocking back for senior tailback SaVonn Wingate. Before the start of pre-season practice, it was revealed that Wingate sustained a knee injury during Camden’s 2010 spring game which ended scrapped his final campaign. Then, in the first week of contract drills that summer, Wise suffered a broken leg leaving him to watch that season from the sidelines next to Wingate.“It hurt a lot.