The day has finally come for football players across the nation as National Sign Day is here.
High school seniors can start signing their national letters-of-intent this morning to the colleges of their choice. For several months, they have gone through the recruiting process, and now its time to make those verbal commitment bidding.
“It is definitely an exciting time for me and my family,” Chapel Hill all-state defensive end Cameron Gill said. “I’m looking forward to getting it over with.”
After a whirlwind weekend of recruiting trips,
Gill will have a signing ceremony at the school around 2 p.m. in a classroom. He will be joined by teammate William Profit, who is still deciding among Reinhardt College and Clark Atlanta University.
Four of the five county schools will have at least one player having a signing celebration on today.
At Douglas County, seniors Aaron Cauthen and D.J. Avery will both sign with FCS schools. Cauthen committed to Tennessee State on Monday while Avery decided to accept a scholarship to Darthmouth.
He had narrowed his choice down between New Hampshire school and Harvard. Because Ivy League schools don’t give athletic scholarships, he will attend Dartmouth with the opportunity to play football.
Both Gill and Avery where finalist for the Howard Thompson Award, which is given annually to the top senior football player in the county and is voted on by the county’s football coaches and athletic directors.
Avery played both running back and safety for the Tigers this season and rushed for 446 yards and 10 touchdowns. On defense, he had 58 tackles and eight tackles for losses.
He was also a stalwart in the classroom with a 3.88 grade-point average while enrolled in the school’s International Baccalaureate program.
Gill had 58 tackles with 24 tackles for loss and 10 sacks on the season. He sports a 3.08 grade-point average in the classroom.
Playing so far away from home wasn’t a concern of Gill.
“On my official visit, the coaches really made a point to make me feel welcomed,” he said. “They seem to care about me not only as a football player but as a person mostly. I really feel in love with New York.”
Wagner is located on Staten Island, and plays in the Northeast Conference. The Seahawks advanced to the second-round of the playoffs during the 2012 season, its only appearance in the FCS playoffs.
Last season, the team went 1-10, but Gill says he looks forward to trying to help the team turn it around.
“I’m not really worried about what they did last year,” he said. “I think the team has a lot of potential, and I want to be a part of it.”
Cauthen said he is really relieved for this day to come after making what he called the “hardest decision” of his life so far. He chose Tennessee State, which located in Nashville and plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, over Furman.
“I’m very, very happy it is over with now,” Cauthen said. “It was a tough journey to get to this points. At times the recruiting can become overwhelming but I’ve finally glad it is over with for me.”
A pair of Douglasville residents that attend Landmark Christian will be signing Div. I scholarships this afternoon. Stockton McGuire, a three-sport standout at the Fairburn school, will sign with Davidson College in North Carolina. The 6-foot-4 quarterback also had offers for track and field on the Div. I level.
Also signing at Landmark will be all-state offensive tackle Steven Bedosky, who is signing with Coastal Carolina.
“The No. 1 thing is that the academics at Davidson is amazing,” McGuire said. “Academics played a huge part in my decision. My interest in Davidson grew even higher once I met with the coaches. They have brought in some new offensive coaches that I feel will help me grow as a player. It is a small school and that was sort of what I was looking for in a college. I really connected with the players on the team during my visit.”