There were no surprises last Wednesday morning when family and friends gathered at the Central High indoor football facility to watch seven Red Devils sign letters of intent to continue their gridiron careers at the next level. It was the largest group to ink pacts during the early signing period at the school.
The seven players signed with six different schools. Two of them signed with the most recent teams to win national championships. Two signed with Southeastern Conference teams. One signed with a service academy.
“We are proud to see these young men sign to play college football today. Each of them is very deserving of the opportunity to play football on the next level. They have been a part of Central’s most successful period in the sport,” Central coach Jamey DuBose said of the group.
Over the last three seasons, these players have been a part of teams that compiled a record of 37-3, won three region titles, won two Class 7A South bracket titles, been a state runner up and a state champion.
Wide receiver EJ Williams announced he would sign with defending National Champion Clemson back in August and stayed true to his word last Wednesday when he put his name on the line with the Tigers. Williams will join former Central star Justyn Ross who was among the top receivers for the Tigers and who had the most receiving yardage during last year’s playoffs. Williams will enroll at Clemson in January.
Javion Cohen, one of the nation’s top offensive tackles and recently selected for the inaugural Sports Illustrated All-American team, signed with Alabama, the 2017 National Champions. Cohen had over 30 offers from around the country and had previously been a commit to South Carolina and Auburn before settling on the Crimson Tide in recent weeks.
Central’s offensive tackle on the other end of the line, Joshua Jones, made up his mind and committed to Kentucky early on and never wavered. He signed with the Wildcats last Wednesday.
Quarterback Tucker Melton, who has played in a two-man rotation the past two seasons – including last season with LSU signee Peter Parrish and this season with junior Trey Miles – signed with Bowling Green.
Linebacker PJ Ramsey will join the Air Force Falcons where former Central and Auburn quarterback Jonathan Wallace is an assistant coach.
Safety Terrell Gordon and offensive guard Mason Cook both signed with Georgia State.