Changing positions ended up working out pretty well for Sumter High School tight end Cameron Gaymon.
The former offensive lineman, who lost about 30 pounds between his junior and senior years to play tight end, signed to play football with …
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The former offensive lineman, who lost about 30 pounds between his junior and senior years to play tight end, signed to play football with Newberry College in a signing ceremony last week at SHS.
Running back Jonathan Henry also signed to play with St. Andrew's Presbyterian College.
Gaymon and Henry are the ninth and 10th players from Sumter High's 2018 team to sign to play football at the next level.
"You can do anything if you put your mind to it," Gaymon said on what the moment meant to him. "If you do the work, you can do whatever you want to do."
Gamecocks head coach Mark Barnes wasn't sure how well Gaymon would transition to being a tight end at first.
"I knew he could run, but I didn't know if he could catch," Barnes said. "(He's now) a big weapon that can block and catch the ball."
In four games at tight end in the 2018 season, Gaymon caught two passes for 39 yards and two touchdowns.
Barnes also knows that Gaymon's intelligence and work ethic got him where he is today.
"He's smart and a good student; his academics gave him this opportunity," Barnes said. "He's (always) in the weight room and is in our running program. That will translate to the next level. (There can be a) shock with offseason training (in college). It's not a shock to us because we have year-round training."
Gaymon learned a lot while playing for the Gamecocks.
"You can't make excuses," he said. "You have to be confident for everything."
When asked what his favorite part of playing at Sumter High was, Gaymon has several answers.
"Learning, meeting new people and talking with the boys, becoming closer and closer with them," he said.
Gaymon said he decided on Newberry College because it "felt like home."
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