For years, the people of St. Matthews have been weary of having to describe themselves as a little south of Columbia or just north of Orangeburg.
Its not a huge uprising, considering the town is home to fewer than 2,000 people, but still, says Calhoun County High School football coach Walt Wilson, it would be nice if South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery put tiny St. Matthews on the map.
Its always a good thing when someone in the nation is aware of and actually learns where St. Matthews is, Wilson said. At one time, no one could tell you where St. Matthews was, but if you say Orangeburg, they would say, Oh, yeah, I know. Now people actually start to Google the town of St. Matthews. Thats a good thing.
Jeffery did his part to put the spotlight on his hometown this season by becoming the second Gamecocks wide receiver to earn first-team All-America honors. The sophomore leads the SEC and is fourth in the nation with 1,387 receiving yards heading into Fridays Chick-fil-A Bowl against Florida State. He set the school single-season records for receiving yards and receptions (79).
Nowhere have they been happier for, or prouder of, Jeffery than in Calhoun County, which for the record is 35 miles south of Columbia and 14 miles north of Orangeburg.