Dozens of Local Players Enjoy National Signing Day

Dozens of Local Players Enjoy National Signing Day

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Nineteen high school football players in the Mobile area signed today to play collegiately at the Division One FBS level. Two more will walk-on at the University of Alabama. Dozens more signed today with Division One FCS, Division II, Division III, and other collegiate and junior college programs.

There was no suspense about the area’s top recruit. St Paul’s linebacker and Parade All-American Tre Williams signed with Auburn today after committing to the Tigers last spring.

“I was extremely confident (in choosing Auburn),” said Williams. “I liked the coaching staff, the players. So I was confident since day one. Today is just officially labeling me as an Auburn Tiger.”

Williams will be joined on the Plains by his good friend and fellow linebacker DeShawn Davis, and Davis’ Vigor teammate, defensive end Justin Thornton. Both signed with Auburn today.

“It feels like family as soon as you step on campus,” said Davis. “The coaches, players, other recruits. It's a great process to go to Auburn.”

Davis missed the entire season to injury but is fully recovered. He said he felt a sense of loyalty to Auburn which maintained its offer despite the injury.

"It was a tough time for me sitting on the bench the whole senior year but if I had to do it again to get this hat on my head, then that's what it takes," said Davis.

Alabama’s only area signee is St Paul’s offensive lineman Josh Casher who’s looking forward to playing for Nick Saban.

"I feel like he's just a down to earth, honest person,” said Casher.  A lot of people don't get to see that from him. Luckily, I have. What you see is what you get. He's not pretending. And he's a real hospitable person too."

Casher’s St Paul’s teammate, linebacker Zavier Carmichael, hopes to make his mark at an on-the-rise Duke program.

"Two years ago they went 6-6,” said Carmichael. “Last season they went 10-2. So you see the progress going. You see that Duke is becoming more of a football school, it's just not basketball, so it's great."

Two off Murphy’s defensive line signed today. Taylor Stallworth will play for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina.

"I chose South Carolina because of the coaching staff and players, how they react with each other,” said . “And I like the campus and my education value."

The Panthers Gary Moore was committed to Southern Miss but changed his mind and signed today with Minnesota.

"I liked everything about Minnesota,” said Moore. “It’s fun up there, a lot of things to do, lot of different sports to go see, just fun all the way around."

The Golden Gophers also came south and nabbed Theodore athlete Jerry Gibson. Minnesota plans to use Gibson as a tight end.

It was a nice day for Southern Miss recruiting the Mobile area. The Golden Eagles signed three local stars. UMS-Wright quarterback Gunner Roach says he picked Southern Miss because recruiters didn’t question who didn’t question his 6’0” height.

"They came after me,” said Roach. “They were one of the only teams that really didn't care about the height and weight deal. They were just looking for a player who wanted to go up there and compete and play."

Southern Miss also signed McGill-Toolen running back Ito Smith, the al.com/Mobile Sports Hall of Fame Offensive Player of the year for coastal Alabama. Offensive lineman Hayden McMahon from Faith Academy rounds out the Mobile trio headed to Hattiesburg.

“Their football program is going to be on the rise the next couple of year and that’s what I’m looking for,” said McMahon.

Meanwhile, McMahon’s high school quarterback, Malik Rozier, is headed to Miami. He chose “The U” for a number of reasons.

“Just the love of football Miami has and just the old swag and being a fan and the education I'm going to get," said Rozier.

Saraland offensive lineman Lee Dufour becomes the school’s first FBS player. He’s headed to U.A.B.

  "It just means the world to me to kind of put Saraland on the map,” said Dufour. “Being the first FBS signee, it's really special to me."

At Jackson, linebacker Gavin Bryant signed with Tennessee. Quarterback Matthew Jordan is already at Georgia Tech. Jordan graduated after the fall semester and enrolled at Georgia Tech. He’ll be in spring practice with the Yellow Jackets.

  McGill’s big defensive end Herlandez Corley is headed to Northern Illinois, becoming the latest in a string of players from the Mobile area to go to the MAC school in the last several years.

Staying at home is Spanish Fort’s Chason Milner, a linebacker who missed most of his senior year due to injury. He’s going to South Alabama and is coach Joey Jones’ only local signee.

Milner’s teammate Hunter Wood, a tight end, signed today with Mississippi State.

Thomasville Linebacker Raphael Garner inked with Troy.

Murphy wide receiver Kameron Maye is headed to Georgia Southern - a school transitioning to the FBS level in 2015.

Theodore’s Jamey Mosley turned down offers to Tulane and UAB and will walk-on at Alabama where his brother C.J. just wrapped up an All-American career.

Other Signings:

Tony Bridges, DB, McGill-Toolen to Nichols State.

Josh Gano, LB, Theodore to Birmingham-Southern.

Jalin Green, DB, St. Paul’s to North Alabama.

Matt Hall, LB, Spanish Fort to Central Arkansas.

Dominique Jackson, LB, T.R. Miller to Alabama State.

Willie Jackson, WR, Faith Academy to Gardner-Webb.

Drew Kitchens, TE, Spanish Fort to Millsaps.

John Knight, DB, Butler C.C. (Thomasville) to Troy.

Tanner Lee, DB, Daphne to Harvard.

Breland Massey, DB, McGill-Toolen to West Alabama.

Coley McColeman, OL, Theodore to Concordia-Selma.

Kane McNorton, DE, Theodore to Alabama (Walk-on).

Dacardo Rivers, DB, Vigor to Alabama State.

Tyree Sullivan, DL, Theodore to Concordia-Selma.

Trayon Tate, WR, St. Paul’s to North Alabama.

Greg Thomas, DB, McGill-Toolen to West Alabama.

B.J. Uro, OL, Spanish Fort to Nassau Community College.

John Wesley Williamson, DE, Spanish Fort to Nichols State.

Wil Young, WR, McGill-Toolen to Chattanooga.

Kyron Samuels, OL, East Central C.C. (Fairhope) to Jacksonville State.

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