The Peach County Trojans continued their rich football tradition by having four players sign college scholarships during National Signing Day today.
Running back Mareo Howard, Peach County's all-time leading rusher, signed with Arkansas-Pine Bluff and will be joined by teammate Patrick Wray, who signed mainly as a long snapper, but will also work at tight end.
Drequay Everett signed with Alabama State and Arquavious Searcy is heading to Tuskegee, making for a good day for the Trojans and head coach Chad Campbell.
"Each one of these kids has meant so much to our program, it is great to see them get to play at the next level," Campbell said, adding that he would probably have a few more players sign at junior colleges. "We had 10 kids sign last year, and we are very happy for this class."
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All four signees based their choices on similar things. Howard was excited about the facilities he saw on his visit to Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
"I loved their facilities, and the coaches acted like I could play as a freshman, which is important to me," said Howard, who chose Arkansas-Pine Bluff over Valdosta State. "I think that's what it probably came down to. It was a tough decision, but I am happy with my choice. They run a lot of spread sets, and I'm real comfortable with their offense."
Wray said it will be nice having a familiar face at a place so far away.
"It really wasn't a major part of my decision, but it will be nice," Wray said.
He learned to long snap as a freshman in high school and thinks he could also vie for playing time next year.
"I think I can do it next year, but I'm hoping to get playing time at tight end somewhere down the road," Wray said. "I'm going to have to work hard, I know, and put on some weight, but I am excited for this opportunity."
Searcy talked about Tuskegee's winning tradition as a important part of his decision.
"They went undefeated last year, and they were voted national black college champions, so I am excited to go and try to contribute," Searcy said. "I wanted to go somewhere that had that winning tradition, and I think I'll have a chance to play early."
Everett based his decision on the family atmosphere he felt during his visit.
"I really loved the area and it just felt like a family to me when I visited. After I went there, I didn't really want to go anywhere else," Everett said.
Everett, a guard, also hopes for early playing time and chose Alabama State over Valdosta State.