DeVonte Pressley, who graduated Friday from North Augusta High School, still has some linebackers and defensive backs left to dodge and flatten in the years ahead, with the blessing of Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep Academy.


The football standout signed the paperwork Thursday afternoon to confirm his next step in academics and athletics, and he’s on board to play for the Gladiators, beginning with the third year of their football program.


Pressley, whose mother is Catherine Jones, is listed at 5-foot-5 and 145 pounds. He said he expects to serve in Orangeburg as a slot running back and also as a punt and kick returner.


His stats for North Augusta in 2012, he said, included 1,900 rushing yards, 18 rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown, and his connection with the college came by way of Dan Pippin, the Yellow Jackets’ athletic director and head football coach.


“Coach Pippin told me about them and said they looked at my film and they wanted me to call them, so I called them and took a couple of visits. I liked it and I told them I wanted to play for them.”


He added, “It all came together real quickly. It all happened at the beginning of May.”


He said his strengths include “running hard” and “not taking plays off.”


As for changes in the weeks ahead, he said he aims to add some bulk and be able to cover 40 meters in 4.2 seconds or less.