(WDHN) — On Wednesday morning, over 20 Wiregrass athletes signed scholarships to play their sport on the collegiate level.
Defensive end AJ Thomas, a first-team all-state selection will be heading to the University of Pikeville in Kentucky.
“I see that they have a very good program and I texted some of the players and they are very friendly and cant wait to go down there,” Thomas said.
Defensive back Jayven Anderson, who plays 90 percent of snaps and an athlete that can play running back and return kicks. He will be heading to Faulkner in Montgomery.
“I’m proud of all of us really taking another step in our life I’m glad all of us going to college and showing off our talents and show em what Abbeville made of,” Anderson said.
Tight-end Gabriel Shell and offensive lineman Devion Smith will be staying together at least another four years as they will be heading to play some HBCU football at Tuskegee University.
“On the field, me and him got a connection if me and him blocking for a quarterback or running back they gonna be in the endzone for sure,” Shell said.
“I’ll have to keep him in shape. Honestly, it’ll lighten the mood up being able to have someone there I know,” Smith said.
Running back Josh McCray finished his career with over 200 carries totaling over 15-hundred yards for 30 TD’s on the ground. He will be heading to join Brett Bielema in the stacked Big Ten at Illinois.
“My goal is to just get stronger in the weight room because I know I gotta get big taking all of those hits I gotta get myself ready on the field and everything building up speed,” McCray said.
For his other teammates, they are staying closer to home. Carson an offensive lineman who had 24 pancake blocks with an 84 percent grade this past season will be heading to Point University in Georgia.
“It felt pretty magical its something you dreamed of as a kid thinking about playing football and just getting the opportunity is something great.” Carson Cole said.
Wide receiver Jared Smith, who finished his career with over 60 catches and a little over a thousand yards with 14 t-ds, and just got back from the Blue and Gray American bowl will be heading to West Florida in Pensacola.
“Its always been my dream to play college football and I thank coach Shinnick and coach Robinson for giving me a chance to come down there and play,” Smith said.
And his teammate, who guarded him all the time tightly in practice, Jaylon Webster, a cornerback who’s known for his many tackles and six blocked kicks will be heading to the same conference to play for West Alabama.
“It’s gonna be good something to watch you know what I’m saying the coaches have already been talking about going to the game. I’m ready for it we always been battling throughout the years but we never had the feeling of being in games,” Webster said.
Other Enterprise signings
Trey Cavanaugh – Southern Union Community College – Baseball
Logan Fleming – Enterprise State Community College – Baseball
Parker Sessions – Central Alabama Community College – Baseball
Natalie Warner – University of Montevallo – Cross Country
Ashlyn Purvis – Huntingdon College – Soccer
Kyleigh Coin – Shelton State Community College – Softball