FORT VALLEY — Chavis Dickey knows what it’s like to play for championships on the high school level.
In picking the next step in his football career, he focused on that in a college program.
Dickey, who enjoyed a standout career at Peach County, signed with Central Florida on Wednesday. The Knights won the American Athletic Conference championship this past season and beat Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl for a 12-1 season.
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“I was considering Cincinnati and Wake Forest until I committed, but after I committed, I was like, ‘I’m staying with UCF,’ ” Dickey said. “And then they ended up having a great season, and then I was even more excited.”
The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Dickey played offensive line throughout his career with the Trojans and will continue that with the Knights. Trojans head coach Chad Campbell has high hopes for Dickey on the college level with George O’Leary’s program.
“I know they expect big things out of him,” Campbell said. “Whether he plays right away or not, there aren’t many offensive linemen who start for BCS programs right off the bat, so it will depend on what they want from him and how quickly he adjusts.
“It’s a great program. Coach O’Leary has a great staff, and they have great facilities. They’re doing an awesome job of building that program.”
Dickey was joined at Wednesday’s Peach County signing by teammate Tyler Gibson, who is headed to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. Campbell said Greg Williams will sign with Valdosta State likely later this week or next week.
Gibson said he will play receiver at the junior college and that the coaching staff is looking at using him in the slot.
“It’s about 16 hours away, and they told me I could probably get home a couple of times each year, and when I heard that, I was like ‘Wow,’ ” Gibson said. “But I’m OK with that. It’s a great football program and has great academics, and it’s a great fit for me.”