Mitchell County’s Anfreenee Williams, left, and Anthony Murray Jr. share a laugh Thursday after each signed to play college football at Point University. (Staff Photo: Tim Morse)
CAMILLA – National Signing Day for high school football players came and passed on Wednesday at Mitchell County High School.
But on Thursday, the atmosphere at Mitchell County High School was just as celebratory as it would have been a day earlier for a pair of football standouts.
Safety Anthony Murray Jr. and athlete Anfreenee Williams signed letters-of-intent to play collegiately at NAIA Point University out of West Point. As exciting as it was for the pair, Murray said he did have to calm a few nerves as friends and family watched him sign in the school gymnasium.
“I got goosebumps,” Murray said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”
Murray finished with 53 tackles including three for losses this past season to help the Eagles into the Class A public school playoffs. The senior is currently a dual student, finishing up his high school credits at Mitchell County while also taking some college classes at Albany State University.
“I like to get ahead any way I can,” Murray said.
Williams did a little of everything for the Eagles. He played on offense, defense and returned some kickoffs and punts. On offense, he was the team’s second leading rusher with 833 yards and nine touchdowns. He caught one pass for 28 yards and finished with 978 all-purpose yards.
On defense, he finished with seven tackles.
Point University is a relatively new football program, so Williams is anxious to make his mark.
“I felt it was a great opportunity as a freshman to come in and put up some major stats,” Williams said. “Point is a Christian school, so it gives me a chance to get closer to God and better my education.”
The pair marked the first college signings under Mitchell County football coach Larry Cornelius. The Eagles had some players walk-on to schools last year, but Murray and Williams are the first to sign scholarships.
“Even though I’ve only been here for two years, I see these guys as my sons,” Cornelius said. “This is big for Mitchell County and it sets the tone for our underclassmen. I’m very excited for these guys. I believe they’ll go in and fight for playing time.”