Former Westover star receiver Kenneth Towns was offered a scholarship at UAB, but that was pulled when a new head coach took over.
ATHENS — Kenneth Towns has made some spinning moves on the football field and the basketball court, but the biggest turnaround in his life came recently when he reversed his future in a move that took him away from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and landed him on the campus at the University of Georgia.
That’s where Towns, a former Westover football and basketball star, is today.
And now he’s trying to walk on at Georgia as a receiver for the Bulldogs.
Towns made an oral commitment to UAB last year, but when there was a head coaching change after the season, Towns found himself without a scholarship.
“The new coach didn’t honor my scholarship,’’ said Towns, who never signed with UAB but had given the Blazers his oral commitment. “So I had to find another school. But the schools who were interested in me had found somebody else and didn’t have anything to offer me.’’
Tyson Summers, an assistant coach at UAB who left and went to Central Florida as an assistant, offered Towns a scholarship to UCF.
“He offered me a scholarship, but it was playing safety,’’ said Towns, who also played in the secondary at Westover. “But I told him no. After (losing the scholarship at UAB), I sat down with my family and we prayed a lot about everything that had happened, and we look at this as a blessing, and now I am at Georgia.’’
It could be a good fit.
“Georgia knew who he was and offered him preferred walk-on status,’’ Westover football coach Octavia Jones said.
Towns said during the ordeal with UAB he kept in touch with Georgia.
“I stayed in contact with Georgia. I was talking to their receivers coach Tony Ball almost on a daily basis,’’ Towns said. “I think this is the right move for me.’’
Towns had his first day of workouts with the team Thursday and came away feeling good about his chances.
“I just have to work hard and prove myself and show them what I can do,” Towns said. “I feel like I can compete. Even if I don’t make the team as a receiver, I will find a spot on the special teams.’’
Georgia receiver Justin Scott-Wesley, who played at Mitchell County, knows Towns and has helped him make the adjustment.
“I know (Justin) and he has helped me,’’ Towns said Thursday. “He has been giving me tips and advice on what I need to do.’’
Towns said in the long run, he is better off today.
“I just look at it as a blessing,’’ he said. “I look at the situation (like it) happened for a reason, and that it’s best for me to go to Georgia.’’
DWS HONORED BY GISA:
ALBANY — The GISA has named Deerfield-Windsor’s athletic program as one of the best in the state for its class.
DWS was the state runner-up for the Dr. Michael Drake Athletic Excellence Award for 2011-2012, which is given to the athletic program with the most overall success in GISA Class AAA.
The award is based on points earned in the region and state tournaments in sports across the board. There were 27 schools in the GISA Class AAA field, and DWS was second to Stratford Academy in Macon.
“We are extremely proud of our athletes’ accomplishments this past year,’’ DWS athletic director Gordy Gruhl said. “We have been strong in football, basketball, tennis, track, and baseball for many years. This past year, sports like swimming, wrestling, soccer and cross country raised their games and earned valuable points. Our performance this year reflects strength across the board in our program.”