LEFT: Sherwood’s Quan Cameron, center, is joined by his mother, Lazela Shead, and father, Art Cameron, during his signing ceremony for West Georgia Tech on Wednesday. RIGHT: Westover’s Josh Burton, center, is joined by his mother, Tyjuanda, and father, Orson Sr., during his signing ceremony for Morehouse. (Photos by Timothy Threadcraftfirstname.lastname@example.org)
BY TIMOTHY THREADCRAFT
SPECIAL TO THE HERALD
ALBANY — In a small ceremony in the Westover High School media center Wednesday, Patriots defensive end/tight end Joshua Burton signed his national letter-of-intent to play football at Morehouse College next season.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior racked up 47 tackles and six sacks this season and was named Second-Team All-Region on defense, as well as making The Herald All-Metro team.
Burton said Morehouse had everything he wanted.
“The coaches told me they want me on the field as soon as possible,” Burton said. “They’re making sure that we’re working hard to have a successful season next year. Morehouse was one of my top schools because of the history, the tradition and the academic successes. I knew Morehouse would give me a bright future after football.”
Burton, who carries a 3.66 GPA and also plays in the Westover band, plans to major in business management or accounting. His brother, Orson Burton, Jr. graduated from Morehouse in 2010.
“Joshua, the person, is probably one of the most coachable guys that I’ve ever coached. Joshua, the player, had to learn his skills on the field,” Westover coach Octavia Jones said. “He originally tried out at quarterback, but we had to steal him over at defensive end. Over the next three years, he learned the techniques and mastered them, and today is proof that he mastered them.”
Just up the road Wednesday at Sherwood, defensive tackle Quan Cameron signed with upstart West Georgia Tech. Cameron’s mother, Lazela Shead, and father, former Albany State Golden Ram and Oakland Raider Art Cameron, joined Quan for his moment.
“The area attracted me,” Cameron said when asked why he chose Carrollton. “The coach there is experienced. He told me he could help me out with a lot of things. He presented himself to me in a nice way, said he liked what he saw from me, wanted to teach me more.”
Cameron, who plans to major in business management, served as an anchor for the Eagles’ offensive and defensive lines this year. He totaled 27 solo tackles, was selected for the Florida-Georgia All-Star game and earned GISA All-Region honors.
“On the field, I bring aggressiveness, nastiness,” the senior said. “Plus, I can play the different line positions: tackle, guard and nose tackle.”
“Quan is a great kid,” SCA coach Otis Covington said. “He’s got great character, and he’s a tremendous person to be around. He’s had a unique journey to get to Sherwood, and just to be a part of his transformation and see him mature and have an opportunity to do what he really wants to do is exciting.”
Cameron transferred to Sherwood after stints at Westover and Albany High. He’ll skip the second half of the Eagles’ basketball season to work out in preparation for summer workouts with the Golden Knights.
Cameron said he expects to be able to compete for a starting spot right away.
“(The coaches there) told me to come make a statement, show him that I wanted to play, that’s what I’m going to do when I get there,” he said.