MCDONOUGH — Several schools around the county hosted National Signing Day celebrations Wednesday.
Dutchtown High School
The Bulldogs celebrated six players on signing day. Jonathan Andrew signed with Army, while Zyaire Horey chose Shorter University. The trio of Kameron Haley, Keshi Waddell and Kelvin Daniels signed with Tennessee Valley Prep. Larry McCormick picked Guilford College.
The Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Charger had a busy signing day as 10 players signed to continue their careers. ELCA’s senior class finished their careers with a record of 46-10 and three state championships.
ELCA’s dominant defense was well-represented. Defensive back Tre Douglas signed with Vanderbilt after earning All-State honors this past season. Henry County Defensive Player of the Year Harrison Taylor signed with Appalachian State after recording nine sacks and 25 tackles for a loss. Defensive lineman Tyrese Black signed with Central Florida, Thad Underwood signed with Charleston Southern and George Shockley chose Kennesaw State.
Offensively, All-County wide receiver Sean Queen signed with Liberty. The duo of All-County performers Josh Mays and Khaleb Hood signed to continue their careers at Air Force. Offensive lineman Gavan Georga and Ethan McClure signed with Mercer and Carson-Newman, respectively.
ELCA also celebrated the signings of softball players Caris Wright and Palmer Pinholster, who signed at Auburn-Montgomery and Georgia Tech, respectively, as well as Brittany Major (Mercer) and Kennedy Thomas (Oglethorpe).
Eagle’s Landing High School
Eagle’s Landing High celebrated seven players who signed to continue their football careers Tuesday morning, all of which played big roles in leading the Golden Eagles to the Class AAAAA Sweet 16 in 2017,
Headlining the class was All-County quarterback Cam Lewis, who will attend East Tennessee State University. Lewis threw for 1,978 yards and 14 touchdowns, while rushing for seven more touchdowns. All-County performer Bryce Dewberry signed with Eastern Illinois following a season in which he scored seven total touchdowns and intercepted five passes.
Running back Justin Robertson signed with Birmingham Southern. Teammates Marquez Brown and D.J. King chose to continue their careers at Independence Community College in Kansas. DeShawn Masted will attend Fort Valley State, and linebacker Cameron Younginer will play at Renslear Polytechnical Institute in New York.
Hampton High School
Linebacker J.C. Perry signed with Reinhardt University on signing day. The talented linebacker was an All-County and All-Region selection.
Stockbridge High School
The Stockbridge Tigers were the busiest school in the county on signing day. Head coach Kevin Whitley watched as 14 players signed to continue their careers, joining three players who signed early in December.
Headlining the class was wide receiver Marquez Ezzard, Henry County Player of the Year, who signed with the University of Miami.
Abu Bangura signed with Florida A&M, Mckee Bounds and Isaiah Weaver chose Point University, Austin Donaldson picked West Georgia and Brandon Lopes will play at Austin Peay University. Donovan Manuel signed with East Tennessee University, Sidney Snyder picked Miles College and Jazston Turnetine will play at Hutchinson Junior College.
Two players — Gabe McKenzie and Jeremiah Cox will play at Albany State. Jasean Allen signed with Alabama State, Rico Sanders picked Savannah State and Willie Thornton signed with Muskingum University in Ohio.
Those 14 players joined Brenton Cox (University of Georgia), Nasir Greer (Wake Forest University) and Mike Price (Appalachian State), who signed in December.
“Thanks for everyone who has supported these young men throughout their high school careers,” head coach Kevin Whitley said. “We are super proud of these young men and expect great things from them in the future. They have a career record of 48-6 with four straight region championships. We salute their efforts on and off the field.”
Woodland High School
The Woodland Wolfpack saw six players sign Tuesday, headlined by top offensive lineman James Ohonba, who signed with Michigan State.
Running back Kareem Rogers chose Mercer. Franklin Jules signed with the University of Cumberlands, Shakeel Shaw chose Delta State University, Artraiz Bailey signed with Union College and Michael Baker signed with Jacksonville State.