National Signing Day 2020

By Kevin Price

Several of the top high school football players in Southeast Georgia signed with colleges during the now-popular Early Signing Day back in December.

But on Wednesday, a lot more players from around the 912 Sports coverage area put their names on national letters-of-intent with colleges and universities across the country that offered them a chance to attend school and play football on their respective campuses.

Regardless of the size of the school they’re headed to, the opporutnity that awaits all the signees is largely the same. They will get the chance to further their educations with the schools taking care of at least part, if not all, of the related expenses. And of course, all of them will be presented with another chance to extend their playing careers beyond their current high school.

Our organization asked the schools across the area to report their signees this week so that they could receive the publicity they deserve and 912 Sports is happy to publish the names of the players and their future schools which were submitted with perhaps some photos taken at the various signing ceremonies around the area. 

At Ware County, tight end Mac Johnson was one of five players who signed with a school on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder is joining the team at Mercer University in Macon as part of the first signing group for new head coach Drew Cronic.

Also, Ware’s Johnny Lattimore and Kevin Weatherspoon will remain teammates as the duo opted to attend Savannah State University. 

At Appling County, the Pirates of Rick Tomberlin celebrated the signing of one of the biggest players on this past season’s roster as offensive guard-defense tackle Thorne Bryant, who is listed at 320 pounds, has decided to play college ball at Tennessee-Martin.

In Springfield, Effingham’s Terry Holder saw two of his senior players ink scholarship papers. Wide receiver Randy Scott will stay close to home and play at Savannah State while Zach Thomas, the kicker and punter this season for the Rebels, is headed to Ramah Juco Academy in Rock Hill, S.C.

At nearby South Effingham, the Mustangs announced that Trevor Pfiester planned to continue his career at Savannah State as yet another area signee by the Tigers.

Actually, Savannah State signed 31 players from places with a 912 area code including New Hampstead receivers Fred Sutton Jr. and Anthony Thomas Jr. Of course the New Hampstead players were teammates with fellow receiver Sam Brown who signed with West Virgnia back in December. Brown was named the 912 Sports MVP at the 2019 football awards banquet in December.

Bradwell Institute coach Kyle Adkins annouced that three of his graduating seniors also plan to make the short trip to Savannah from Hinesville to play for the orange-and-blue Tigers. Those players are Kenneth Lockhart, Quin Chapman and De’Leon Madria.The Tigers had a total of eight players sign with schools on Wednesday. 

In Brunswick, Glynn Academy’s Rocky Hidalgo hosted a ceremony on campus in which four players signed scholarship offers on Wednesday. Those included Byron Bacon (Mercer), Drez Wilcox (Carson Newman), James Dyal (Maryville College) and Nolan Grant (Harding University).

In December, GA kicker Chase Gabriel, the 912 Special Teams Player of the Year, signed with Florida International while Jordan Swain signed with Mercer and former Glynn standout Marvin Dallas announced his decision to play at Louisville. 

Of course, Bacon and Swain will remain teammates while playing at Mercer.

Also on Wednesday, three Brunswick High players made their college choices known. Quarterback Anthony Mountain signed with Valdosta State, center Xavier Ramsey is headed to Unversity of the Cumberlands (Ky.) and Marlon Carmena will be going to Garden City Community College.

Devin Lafayette, a standout safety for the Pirates, was an early signee for BHS in December as he announced is plans to play at Northern Illinois. Lafayettee participated in Brunswick’s signing ceremony on Wednesday as well. 

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Appling County’s Thorne Bryan signs with Tennessee-Martin