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Trio of Lee football players commit to in-state colleges

Lee County football players from left, Julius Covin, Tra Crwaford and Ryan Strickland, sign letters of intent to accept football scholarships at Lee County on Friday.

Lee County football players from left, Julius Covin, Tra Crwaford and Ryan Strickland, sign letters of intent to accept football scholarships at Lee County on Friday.

LEESBURG — Ryne Strickland, Tra Crawford and Julius Covin were all two-year starters on the Lee County football team, and on Friday the trio announced where they will continue their careers on the gridiron.

Strickland, a center who was named to The Herald’s All-Metro Team and led Lee County’s offensive line with 39 pancake blocks, will go to Division III LaGrange College, while Crawford and Covin signed with Atlanta Sports Academy.

“All three were really hard workers and good football players. I am just as happy as I can be that they get this opportunity,” Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said. “They were a really big part of our program, and we are going to miss them. We certainly wish them the best of luck playing at the college level.”

Strickland said LaGrange had several offensive linemen graduate last season, opening the door for him to possibly step right into the starting lineup.

“I feel like I can go there and make an immediate impact in my first year,” Strickland said. “I can have a good four years there playing offensive line.”

Crawford, a nose guard, and Covin, a free safety, are friends off the field and are thrilled they get to share their college experience together.

“We are best friends, so going together makes sense,” said Crawford, who had 56 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries last season. “I’m really excited and can’t wait until the season starts.”

Covin played cornerback his first three seasons at Lee County but moved to free safety for his senior year.

“We have been playing for two or three years together, and we have that team chemistry,” said Covin, who had 62 tackles and seven pass break-ups last season. “We know how to push each other and make each other go hard.”