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Sumter OL Porcher looks to take game to new heights with top JC

By TIM LEIBLE
tim@theitem.com
Posted 2/13/20

Sumter High School offensive lineman Sterling Porcher only stepped into the starting lineup his senior year, but the massive offensive tackle made an instant impact for the Gamecocks. That year of experience as a starter and raw talent was enough …

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Sumter High School offensive lineman Sterling Porcher only stepped into the starting lineup his senior year, but the massive offensive tackle made an instant impact for the Gamecocks. That year of experience as a starter and raw talent was enough for him to find a second football home, as he's headed to Iowa Western Community College.

"It means a lot to me. I feel like I made it out and I'm going to a good college," said Porcher after signing. "I feel good about it; it's a blessing."

While Porcher didn't see the field much until his senior year, Sumter head coach Mark Barnes knows he has all the traits for which college coaches are looking.

"(Porcher) was a guy who we needed to insert and plug in and play. He did a good job with that, and we had confidence that he would," said Barnes. "We knew he was gritty and one of the things that he had that you can't coach is size. He's a big guy, 6(-feet-)4(-inches), 6-5 and close to 300 pounds and then obviously that's what excites people at the next level."

Iowa Western is a junior college in Council Bluffs, Iowa, that's won a national title as recently as 2012. Last season, it was ranked fourth in the country after an 8-3 season, winning the Graphic Edge Bowl to cap off its season. Porcher felt welcomed to the school and is looking forward to making an impact early.

"The way the coach came and talked to me, I felt like he was really for me," said the Sumter lineman. "I feel like this is a great opportunity."

Porcher was arguably Sumter's most consistent lineman this season, earning All-Area recognition despite his lack of experience heading into the season. Barnes thinks Porcher is only going to improve the more he gets to step out onto the field.

"Just play," said Barnes on what Porcher needs to do to take his game to the next level. "Sterling hasn't played much, like 12, 13 high school football games, so every time you play you get better and preparing for each week. Sterling would be a guy who I look forward to seeing. If he goes and does what he's supposed to for a year and a half there playing, then he'll have an opportunity to go play at a big time school, I believe, and create a much better future for himself."

Porcher isn't worried about that next stop yet. He's just looking forward to finding the next level of competition at Iowa Western.

"I'm ready to experience the next level and how the competition is going to mix things up," said Porcher. "That's what I'm looking forward to the most."