John Speed commits to Division I Presbyterian College

John Speed commits to Division I Presbyterian College

John Speed was the leading scorer for Decatur last year.

Growing up as a kid in small-town York, South Carolina, all senior John Speed wanted to do was to play soccer.

He got his wish – John committed to Presbyterian College, a Division I school in Clinton, South Carolina, on Nov. 18.

“I chose Presbyterian because they came to me and offered my a scholarship to play there,” John said. “They are also Division I. It has always been a dream to play soccer at the Division I level.”

Big programs, however nice the facilities and equipment, also come with their downsides.

“I don’t know if I am going to play my freshman year,” John said. “I am pretty sure I won’t get redshirted, but I don’t know if I will get any playing time freshman year. Usually, at Presbyterian College (PC), upperclassmen get most of the playing time.”

John’s twin brother, senior Mac Speed, is thrilled for his brother.

“I think it is great that John got a opportunity like this,” Mac said. “He has always loved and enjoyed soccer. He has put so much time into it throughout the years, and I am glad all of his hard work and determination finally payed off.”

John also chose PC because of their facilities. “Two years ago, they built a brand new soccer field, which is 100 percent real grass,” John said. “There is nothing better than a brand new field with actual grass. All turf does is hurt our legs.”

“I am very excited for next year,” John said. “I met my dream of playing Division I soccer, and next year I get to start competing for playing time. I want to be a good player and help my new team as much as I can.”

John’s signing ceremony will be held in mid-January.

Another senior, Jordan Dillard, signed to play basketball for Villanova University in November. See her story here.