February 1, 2006
All across our area today the brightest stars in local football put pen to paper for National Signing Day. 24 in all signing scholarships and they'll be running across the bottom of your screen including 8 local kids going D-1.
We start off at Josey with defensive lineman Lawrence Marsh. He's trading the green and gold for the blue and orange of Florida, despite being heavily recruited by Georgia, he's decided to head to the swamp. He also has a message for all the Dawg quarterbacks.
"On thrid and 10 I'm going to line up and hit whomever their quarterback is. Whoever they have will be going down by Lawrence Marsh," Lawrence Marsh says.
South Aiken winds up with three signings today, among them, Ben Anderson who's headed to Georgia Tech and Dakoda Watson who's Florida State bound. It wasn't an easy decision for Watson.
"Without a doubt it was not an easy decision. I just woke up one morning and realized that everyting's on me on making a decision. I had to make it, it was strenuos," Watson said.
On the other hand, Anderson committed to the Yellowjackets early to relieve some stress.
"It took a lot of pressure off because I didn't have to worry about all those visits, coaches calling, I knew I was going to Georgia Tech so I went ahead and committed early" Ben Anderson says.
Not too far away, Wagner Salley's Ronnie Tyler was making headlines. The Mr. Everything wide receiver is Maryland-bound. This after decommitting from Georgia.
"After a while it just kind of wore off, but I think I made a great decision and I'm very excited," said Ronnie Tyler.
For Catron Gainey of Hephzibah is going north to Duke. Not only is winning important Gainey, so is too is the education Duke offers.
"The coaches are real confident that the team is going to win later on down the road. I believe them, then they have the academics behind them," said Catron Gainey.
Powerhouse Washington County has a pair of Division One recruits going to the same school, Ball State. A first team all state selection, Lance Helton is a monster among boys, going 6-4 and 325. He along with quarterback Eulas Taylor have been playing together forever and want to keep it that way.
"We've been to school together all 12 years of school and he was my quarterback, I block for him," said Lance Helton.
"We went up there and saw the facilities and how they do things and how they play. I think we'll fit in real good up there," said Eulas Taylor.
Lakeside also has a pair of players who've deicded their future. Paul Miller is going Wofford. chris Drayton, one of the top players in the southeast has picked the bluegrass state and Kentucky.
"I thought about playing college football, but not in the S.E.C. so it's been surprising and I'm excited about it," said Chris Drayton.