Another honor for Tunall

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By Travis Jenkins

The accolades have already ben plentiful but they are still rolling in for Chester High senior offensive lineman Wyatt Tunall.

Last week, USA Today announced its American Family Insurance, All-USA football teams for each state. According to the publication, selections are based “on their athletic achievements from the 2018-’19 season.” Tunall was picked as a first team offensive lineman on the South Carolina team. The 6-foot-6, 275-pounder started for Chester for four years and was one of the most important building blocks for a program that improved each season. During his ninth-grade campaign, when he was a 180-pound, “snotty-nosed little freshman” who got red-faced when coaches yelled at him (according to coach Victor Floyd), Chester went 3-7 and missed the playoffs. During his sophomore and junior campaigns, the Cyclones went 9-3 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs twice. His senior season was his best and the best in the history of the program as Chester went 15-0 for the first time in school history and won a state title for the first time in 55 years. Often running behind Tunall, Chester rushed for more than 300 yards a game this season. Just as important as his on-field play was the leadership he displayed in helping younger players learn the ropes. He previously said he hopes the team’s underclassmen linemen eventually surpass him as players.

Tunall was already named “Region Offensive Player of the Year,” a rarity for an offensive lineman. He was a Shrine Bowl selection, a Mr. Football finalist and has made several all-state teams already.

Tunall is graduating early from Chester and will enroll at the University of North Carolina next week. He committed to new coach Mack Brown during an in-home visit in December.