C.A. Johnson High School Senior Named Richland County Football Player of the Year
C.A. Johnson High School senior Caleb Pearson has been named the 2023 Richland County High School Football Player of the Year by the Richland County Recreation Commission.
Caleb was selected by a panel of voters from Columbia media outlets along with the 17 head football coaches from each high school in Richland County. He was announced as the winner during a December 6 ceremony at Seawell’s. He was unable to attend the event because he was practicing for an upcoming all-star game, so he accepted the award the next day at the Recreation Commission’s office.
“It feels pretty good to be named Football Player of the Year. I worked really hard this year. I really stepped my game up from last year,” he said.
Caleb played quarterback and running back on offense and had 2,382 total yards and 28 touchdowns. On defense, he had 50 tackles and two interceptions.
“I can’t think of a more deserving guy for the award. It’s a goal for many coaches to have a person like Caleb on their team,” said C.A. Johnson Head Football Coach Scotty Dean.
As part of the award, Caleb received a $2,000 scholarship (or college educational bundle (including an iPad and gift cards). He plans to play football in college, but he is still deciding where he wants to play.
In addition to Caleb, six other Richland One student-athletes were nominated for the award:
- Evan Artemus – W.J. Keenan High School
- Lamar Eddy – Eau Claire High School
- Charles Jeffcoat – Dreher High School
- Jamel McDaniel – Columbia High School
- Albert Perkins – A.C. Flora High School
- Marcus Smith – Lower Richland High School
This is the second consecutive year a Richland One football player has won the award. Markel Townsend of A.C. Flora was the 2022 winner.
PHOTO 1: C.A. Johnson senior Caleb Pearson was named the 2023 Richland County High School Football Player of the Year by the Richland County Recreation Commission.
PHOTO 2: Caleb picks up his award for 2023 Richland County High School Football Player of the Year at the Richland County Recreation Commission’s office December 7.