Get out those pens and scholarship offers and start signing, Southwest Georgia’s finest.
Today is your day.
Nine area high school football players will lock in their collegiate futures today during National Signing Day around the country, including three from Albany, two from Mitchell County and one each from Seminole County, Miller County, Lee County and Bainbridge.
In Albany, the Indians’ co-captains — bruising offensive/defensive linemen Roscoe Byrd and Jontavious Morris — will both sign with the University of Alabama-Birmingham, while just across town Monroe defensive end Vantrel McMillian will ink with Chattanooga University.
In Camilla, two Mitchell County stars — Yancey Burns (WR) and Grover Stewart (OL) — will also sign today. Burns is headed to Newberry College, a Division II Lutheran liberal arts and sciences school in South Carolina, while Stewart will stay close to home and sign with Albany State University. ASU also will get a second local commitment today when Bainbridge QB Quincy Fortson signs with the Rams.
In Leesburg, linebacker/running back Thomas Wright — a Herald Dynamite Dozen selection — will ink with nearby Valdosta State. Wright was recently named Team Georgia’s Offensive MVP during the War of the Border All-Star Game in Moultrie.
T.T. Barber, Miller County’s versatile quarterback/running back/receiver/linebacker, earned similar MVP honors for Team Georgia during the Border Wars All-Star Game in Tallahassee, Fla., and as a result his recruitment grew. But Barber, who verbally committed to Middle Tennessee State before other more high-profile offers came out after the Border Wars All-Star Game, will keep his word sign today in Colquitt with the Division I Blue Raiders.
In the next county over, Seminole DB Dee Virgin will join Monroe’s McMillian by signing with Chattanooga.