Area players sign grants-in-aid
The Mobile area has long been considered fertile ground for football talent and that proved true once again last week on National Signing Day as several players from area schools signed grants-in-aid to play college football.
While several recruits signed in December during the early signing period, others placed their names on the dotted line on the customary first Wednesday in February to continue their football careers at the next level.
Among those who signed grants were:
Saraland QB Karson Green with Tennessee-Martin. Green, who transferred to Saraland after spending his first two seasons at Satsuma, had originally planned to enroll at Troy as a preferred walk-on, but UT-Martin’s scholarship offer led to a change of plans.
Kansas swooped in to sign three local players — McGill-Toolen QB Spencer Arceneaux, Blount defensive back Kameron Grays and Murphy’s Tanaka Scott.
Baker DB LaDareyen Craig gained a lot of Division I attention in the days prior to National Signing Day, receiving offers from Auburn, Oregon State and Mississippi State to name a few, but he chose to sign with South Carolina and new head coach Shane Beamer.
McGill-Toolen WR Jordan Mosley, who originally committed to Tennessee, changed his mind in the wake of the Vols’ coaching changes and an investigation into possible NCAA violations. Last Wednesday, he signed with Northwestern.
Some of the other local players who signed last week included: St. Paul’s: Javonte Graves-Billings (The Citadel), Devin Manigault (UAB), Peyton Maples (Jacksonville State), Tray Nunn (Eastern Kentucky), Ivan Shultz (Troy), Trey Parker (Samford); Saraland: Corey Darrington (Bethel College), Elijah Johnston (New Mexico Military C.C.), Colton Beasley (North Alabama), Tyson Allo (William Penn), Pate Smith (William Penn), Terrente Hinton (Hutchinson, Kan., C.C.), Braylon Anderson (West Florida), Jerone York (Itawamba, Miss., C.C.); Fairhope: Jerry Bethea (West Alabama); Murphy: Jabyron Nettles (Independence C.C.), Javonte Carter (Lance College), Jalen Williams (UAB, preferred walk-on), Jyquan Evans (West Hills C.C.), Issac Williams (West Alabama), Adrian Hardy (Independence C.C.), Reginald Jones (Dodge City, Kan., C.C.), Rae’Shun Kidd-Bryant (Concordia College-Chicago).
South Alabama head coach Kane Wommack added three more players to his first recruiting class with the signing of OL Reid Gavin (South Jones, Miss.), OL Adrein Strickland (Mosley, Fla.) and DL Lamondre Brooks (Huffman).
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