The number of Central High Red Devils to sign letters of intent to play football at the next level grew by eight last week as more athletes announced their next locations on National signing day, Feb. 5. With the eight new signees, the Red Devils have now seen 15 total players commit.
Central had seven players sign during the early signing period in December – some who graduated early so that they could participate in spring drills with their new teams. EJ Williams (Clemson), Javion Cohen (Alabama), Joshua Jones (Kentucky), Tucker Melton (Bowling Green), PJ Ramsey (Air Force) and Mason Cook and Terrell Gordon (Georgia State) all signed early.
Red Devil defensive back Mike Harris announced he was signing with Baylor University’s Bears in Waco, Texas. Harris initially committed to Arkansas, but decommitted after the Razorbacks had a coaching change after the season ended.
Robert Marsh III, a sure-handed receiver and return specialist for the Red Devils accepted an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Troy University’s Trojans.
Defensive lineman Byron Jenkins and defensive back Gerald Palmer both chose Faulkner University as their next stop in their football careers.
Defensive back Chase Alexander chose Mississippi Valley State University.
Vontavious Maddox, another defensive lineman for the Red Devils, said Clark Atlanta University was where he is headed. Brent “BJ” Randolph, a defensive end for Central, chose Valdosta State University. Wide receiver Jon Stephens picked Huntingdon College.
The group of seniors signed in a ceremony in the Central indoor football facility on the school’s campus.
Central assistant coach Matt Bell introduced the players and listed the group’s many achievements over the past three seasons. The group helped the Red Devils to a 37-3 overall record, a perfect 18-0 region record, three region titles, two South Bracket titles in three trips to the Class 7A semifinals, two consecutive trips to the 7A championship game with one state championship and one runners-up finish while playing for coach Jamey DuBose who recently retired from Alabama and took the head coaching position at Lowndes County High in Valdosta, Ga.
Patrick Nix, who took Class 6A Pinson Valley High to back-to-back state titles, was named to be the new Central Red Devils’ coach.