Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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February 6, 2013

Area gridders join Dooly's Adams in signing college grid scholarships

Cordele — While most recruiting attention focused on the highly-publicized signing of Dooly County star defensive tackle Montravius Adams, five other 2012 players and one 2010 area gridder basked in the National Signing Day spotlight, too.

The only other Division I signee this season, Wilcox County wide receiver Jonathan “Bug” Howard honored his previous verbal commitment to North Carolina by officially signing a scholarship to play for the Tar Heels.

Howard set a state record for receptions in a single season, snaring 115 passes for 1,630 yards and 17 touchdowns.

 His yardage total was the best in the state this past season and was fourth all-time in the GHSA. It was just 26 yards shy of breaking the state record set by M.L. King’s Demarco Robinson in 2010.

Other area players officially casting their lots with schools of their choice were Crisp County High linebacker Sherrod Ruff, Coffeyville (Kans.) Community College.

Also, Cougar defensive end Trey Johnson, Arkansas Baptist Junior College; Dooly County defensive end Jaylen Daniels, Troy (Ala.) University, and two-way Bobcats lineman JaSean Wiley, Mississippi Delta Community College.

Makail Grace, who quarterbacked Wilcox to a final 10-3 record this past season, postponed making his decision of four junior college offers he’s considering.

This past season, Grace threw for 3,451 yards in 13 games which placed him second to Gainesville’s Deshaun Watson who passed for 4,011 yards in 15 games.

Grace threw for 30 touchdowns, ran for another 942 yards and 15 scores and on defense recorded five interceptions.

Former Patriot star Nick Marshall, meanwhile, accepted a scholarship offer from Auburn where he’ll be joining Dooly’s Adams as a highly-heralded recruit. In his senior season, Adams had 127 tackles, 53 quarterback hurries, 7.5 sacks and six forced fumbles.

Dooly’s Daniels, meanwhile, had 62 tackles and 25 assists while earning first-team All-Region 4-A honors.

Wiley also played a key role in the Bobcats’ ability to reach the Class A state championship game.


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