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By BJ Bennett
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Benedictine safety Jonah Griffin inked with Furman during the early signing period, while athlete Travis Blackshear made it official with the Paladins on National Signing Day.

"I look good in purple and white."
~Travis Blackshear

After a return to the playoffs in Clay Hendrix's debut season, Furman has continued to win on the recruiting trail. Recent successes have extended to Savannah. The Paladins signed two of the premier talents in all of the low country from one of the state's most dominant programs. Benedictine safety Jonah Griffin inked with Furman during the early signing period, while athlete Travis Blackshear made it official with the Paladins on National Signing Day.

Blackshear was a truly dynamic playmaker. He ran 123 times for 1,444 yards and 19 touchdowns this fall, catching 26 passes for 548 yards and seven scores; stunningly, Blackshear averaged 11.7 yards per rush and 21.1 yards per reception. As a defender, he added two interceptions. Such production is nothing new, as Blackshear ran for 496 yards at 13.1 yards per carry and caught 19 passes at 21.6 yards per reception as a junior. 

On Wednesday, Blackshear signed with Furman over multiple other offers.

"I love the staff, I love the campus and I think I fit in well with the football team," Blackshear explained. "I look good in purple and white."

Pacing a defense that allowed just a pair of regular season opponents to score more than 14 points over a two-year span, Griffin was a do-it-all tone-setter. In his final three seasons, Griffin compiled 156 total tackles, eight interceptions, seven fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. He was an absolute unit fixture for an elite defensive side from his sophomore year on.

Perhaps most impressively, Blackshear and Griffin helped Benedictine go 52-4 and win two state championships from 2014-2017. 

After unprecedented success at the high school level, the two teammates are excited to work towards more of the same in college.

"It's really a blessing to be able to play the game I love with one of my brothers right by my side," Griffin added.

With Blackshear also recruited to Greenville as a defensive back, he and Griffin may literally soon take the field together.

"It's a great experience. I'm just happy to play at the next level, especially with a brother who I've played with for four years," Griffin concluded. "It's perfect."

Benedictine to Furman, two proven playmakers will continue their bond as they continue their careers.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports