COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Reports say Huff leaving LRU, star WR picks Bears, Maiden star going to Western Carolina

Published Thursday, April 9th, 2020

Maiden wide receiver Dylan Abernethy will play football next season at Western Carolina, a tweet by Lenoir-Rhyne University broadcaster JuJu Phillips said on Thursday. Maiden High and Western Carolina have not released information on Abernethy’s decision.

Local football moves, from tweets by Lenoir-Rhyne University broadcaster JuJuPhillips:

— Lenoir-Rhyne University running back Zay Huff, a former Maiden High star, is transferring to Glenville State to play for former LRU head coach Mike Kellar.


Phillips’ tweet says Huff will have two years of eligibility left.

There’s no confirmation on either LRU or Glenville State football websites but that is not usual for LRU, which seldom – if ever – announces transfers or anything additional about Bears student-athletes.

Huff ran 77 times for 420 yards and two touchdowns in 2018 for LRU and is not listed with any statistics for the Bears in 2019.

— Maiden High’s Dylan Abernethy, a wide receiver, will play at Western Carolina.

There is no confirmation on Western Carolina’s football website yet, and Abernethy is not on an 18-player list of Catamounts signees.

As a senior at Maiden, Abernethy won the county’s Golden Helms Award after rushing 29 times for 173 yards, catching 72 passes for 1,156 yards and 17 TDs and completing five of six passes for 123 yards and two scores.

Abernethy retweeted Phillips’ tweet without comment.

— Wide receiver Makalei Sumner, who played prep football at South Caldwell and Hickory, has committed to play football at LRU.

Sumner indicated his decision via a tweet.

He is not on a 27-player list of recruits the Bears posted to their website on Feb. 5 or on LRU’s spring roster.

Last season, Sumner’s unofficial statistics for Hickory are 29 catches for 276 yards and three TDs. That included eight catches in the last two games for the Red Tornadoes.

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