WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central High School Griffin Tye’sha Jackson caused a buzz while playing softball, and now she will be a Hornet after signing a letter of intent to play softball at Morris College.
“I am extremely happy to sign with Morris College,” Jackson said Wednesday.
Jackson thanked her mother, Cherri Harris, and father, Samuel Jackson, for their support. She also thanked her sister, Shada Byrd, whom Jackson called her No. 1 fan.
The soon-to-be Morris College student-athlete said her favorite aspects of softball are interacting with teammates and competition.
“I liked motivating the young ones and just trying to get a win,” Jackson said.
Jackson said her favorite athlete is a basketball player, but her favorite softball player is Ally Carda, who plays first base and pitches for UCLA.
During the signing day ceremony Jackson’s past and soon-to-be coaches heaped praise upon her.
“Her first year, she was my starting pitcher,” said LaTonya Wingard, softball coach for Fairfield Central High School. “This past season, she was an outfielder/third base/pitcher, and I saw lots of improvement whether it be on offense or defense for the past two years.”
Clyde Huock, athletic director and coach for Morris College, said he has seen Jackson play, and he is excited to welcome Jackson to Morris College’s athletic program.
Huock praised Jackson’s talent, but he also spoke highly of her intangibles.
“I’ve seen this young lady play twice — very impressive,” Huock said. “She’s good, she really is, and I commend Coach for training her to be the person she is on the field, and I commend principal, and I commend parents for teaching her the value of life as a student athlete.”
Tracie Swilley, principal for Fairfield Central High School, said she was proud of Jackson’s growth during her time at Fairfield Central High School.
“I’m very proud of the young lady she’s become,” Swilley said.
Swilley said she was glad Jackson would have an opportunity to further her education.
“I am very excited when our student athletes get the opportunity to continue their athletic abilities at the collegiate level, and are also afforded the opportunity to get an education,” Swilley said. “Because as I say every time we have a signing, once the arm gets bad, in this case for softball, or the knees get bad, the ankles get bad, one thing they have gained throughout their experience is an education.”
Terrell Roach, athletic director for Fairfield Central High School, echoed this sentiment.
“I’m glad (Jackson) has the opportunity to further her education,” Roach said.