Area athletes take part in National Signing Day

Area athletes take part in National Signing Day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Wednesday is National Signing Day, a moment some Fever Country stars will never forget.

The WSFA 12 Sports team made several stops across the River Region for signings.

This year’s high school football season was unlike any other, but through all the COVID-19 tests, the social distancing, and the masks, the seniors made it to the finish line, and on Wednesday, many signed their national letters of intent to play college ball.

The Pike Road Patriots finished the season 11-1. A lot of that success is due to the senior class.

“I was excited, I was nervous at the same time,” said senior wide receiver Blake Durham, who signed with the University of Tennessee-Martin. “This is just a great experience and you only get this once in a lifetime.”

Durham played alongside fellow wide receiver Harrison Wallace, who is taking his talents to the Big Ten. He committed to Penn State last year, but made it official on Wednesday.

“When I got my first offer from Penn State, I started doing my research and they had the White Out game, they had coach James Franklin and it’s just an environment I can see myself being in,” said Wallace. “Once I had the opportunity, I had to secure it.”

In total, six Patriots signed the dotted line:

  • Jeremiah Frazier – Kilgore College
  • Harrison Wallace – Penn State
  • Ahmad Blackmon – Clarke University
  • Blake Durham – UT-Martin
  • LJ McCloud – Georgia Southern
  • Griffin Robinson – Wisconsin Platteville

The Lee Generals are sending several players to the next level, and several will be sticking together. A trio of Generals will be playing at New Mexico Military Institute, and a duo is headed to Tennessee Valley Prep.

Standout running back Reggie Davis originally committed to FAU, but after talking with his family, he made the decision to flip to the University of Chattanooga.

“First off I just want to thank God for leading me this way. [UT-Chattanooga] pushed to me that they wanted me, and that they wanted me bad,” said Davis. “Just us getting up every morning at 4:00 in the morning, from my 9th grade year to this now, it all paid off in the long run.”

Seven players signed their national letters of intent Wednesday afternoon:

  • Reginal Davis – University of Tennessee -Chattanooga
  • Tyler Franklin – Lane College
  • William Middleton – New Mexico Military Institute
  • Adarius Horne – New Mexico Military Institute
  • Eric Stewart – New Mexico Military Institute
  • DeJuan Blackmon – Tennessee Valley Prep
  • Malcom Hudson – Tennessee Valley Prep

And out in Elmore County, four players following their dreams on the football field from Stanhope Elmore, including defensive end William Whitlow, who chose Memphis over the SEC.

“I feel at home there, I feel welcomed, so it’s overall a great fit for me,” said the defensive end about the decision. “They’ll be getting a player that’s gonna go hard every single day, every time he touches the field. They’re gonna get 110% out of me every time.”

Stanhope’s signees include:

  • William Whitlow – Memphis
  • Jaqori Williams – Dodge City Community College
  • Gary Hood – Huntingdon College
  • Trey Killingsworth – Chilton Prep Academy
National Signing Day 2021

The Park Crossing Thunderbirds opened National Signing Day on Wednesday with six players signing scholarships:

Jaylin Brown – Delta State

Jaden Taylor – West Alabama

Joshua Rudolph – Austin Peay

Bernard Gooden – Wake Forest

DeMarcus Harris – Kentucky Christian

Quintin Gross – McPherson College

At Wetumpka, offensive lineman Colby Golson signed with West Alabama. Golson says he will be a leader on the field and in the classroom at UWA.

Alabama Christian Academy quarterback Jalen Clark is going to be a Ragin’ Cajun. He signed with Louisiana-Lafeyette. Clark had 47 total touchdowns in 2020 for the Eagles. His future home is now in the Sun Belt Conference. He says he’ll play safety.

“The brotherhood, the coaches and just the energy of the school. They showed me that there is more to college than just sports. They are going to teach me to be a better man. Better life choices and everything,” said Clark.

From Montgomery to Prattville, six Lions roar on Signing Day:

  • Jalin Herbert – Independence Community College
  • Jahmir Cromblin – Huntingdon College
  • Ghvon Furlow – New Mexico Military Institute
  • Tim Trotter – Georgia Military College
  • James Myers – Huntingdon College
  • Spencer Roy – University of Dubuque

Four Lanier Poets put pen to paper. Poet defensive lineman Anthony Shackleford signed with Graceland University in Iowa. Carver safety Juwon Gaston is heading to the Plains. He is a part of new Auburn coach Bryan Harsin’s first recruiting class. Gaston picked the Tigers over South Carolina and Tennessee.

“The coaching staff, they showed great love. I feel like it is home to me. I feel like they are excited to have me there. They want me there, that’s why I really chose it, because they want me there. If they let me return kicks, I know I’m going to return them but on the defensive side of the ball I’m going to bring a great impact to the school,” said Gaston.

Two other Wolverines signed on Wednesday: Bobby McDonald to Faulkner and James Wilson to Tennessee Valley.

Four Jeff Davis Volunteers are geared up for the college level. Earnest George signed with Missouri Valley, Alonzo Woods to Tennessee Valley, Jordan Summage to Clarke University and Jamie Jones is heading to Miles College.

Three Montgomery Catholic Knights made big college decisions. DJ Carter is heading to the Air Force Academy, Marcus Dees is heading to Wofford, and Myles Butler is heading to Central Arkansas. They helped the Knights make it to the 3A title game in 2020.

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