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National signing day is all about young men fulfilling dreams. Dozens of stand-out football players across SW Georgia signed collegiate scholarships to play at the next level on Wednesday, February 3, 2010.

Deerfield-Windsor running back Tony Zenon achieved his dream in signing to play football Georgia Tech.

The Jackets have been Zenon's top choice and Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson offered a scholarship over the weekend. Deerfield-Windsor's all-time leading rusher is excited about joining the reigning ACC champions.

Zenon will likely see a lot of Thomasville High's Fred Holton on the practice field. Holton is one of the top defensive backs in the nation and was glad to sign with the Yellow Jackets after committing to Paul Johnson last summer.

Thomasville High quarterback Charles Hayes is headed Troy University in Alabama where he will likely play receiver or defensive back.

National signing day got off to a bad start for Georgia when the state's top recruit receiver Da'Rick Rogers from Calhoun reneged on his commitment to the Dogs and signed with Tennessee.

Rogers decision helps Wilcox County receiver Lonnie Outlaw. Outlaw got a last minute offer from Georgia and signed a national letter with the Bulldogs today. He first though will have to play two seasons at Georgia Military College.

Georgia coach Mark Richt says several of the Bulldogs defections can be traced to the firing of defensive coordinator Willie Martinez and two other assistant coaches. Georgia's recruiting class which was ranked in the top five heading into today has fallen into the teens in some analysts' rankings.

Lowndes High linebacker Telvin Smith said he was sticking with his commitment to Florida State. Smith had scholarship papers for FSU and Georgia on the table as he waited until the last minute to pick the Seminoles.

Lowndes teammate Ed Christian, who backed off of FSU in the fall, signed with Gene Chizik and the Auburn Tigers.

In all, 11 Lowndes Vikings signed scholarship today including Khary Franklin at Troy, Michael Copeland at Florida State and Jordan Black with Eastern Kentucky.

 The Seminoles did not have to worry about Colquitt County's Cameron Erving. The Packers defensive tackle has been solid about playing for Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles since committing early in his senior season.

Erving is ready to wear the Garnet and Gold in the fall. Erving is one 12 Colquitt County players to sign today. Receiver Quin Roberson is headed to Samford. Four Packer players have signed with Valdosta State.

Valdosta High defensive back Dontavis Sapp is part of Derek Dooley's star studded recruiting class. An all region player, Dontavis Sapp is excited about being part of the foundation of the Dooley era at Tennessee.

Valdosta High's Brandon Freeman signed with Benedict College and Jordan Jenkins and Marcus Davis are headed to Carson Newman.

In Fitzgerald, three Purple Hurricanes signed scholarships. Fullback and linebacker Nick Williams signed with Carson Newman. Halfback RJ Davis is heading to Valdosta State and halfback Trenton Pruitt is signed with Vanderbilt. Naturally Pruitt is excited about playing in the SEC.

Fitzgerald head coach Robbie Pruitt is Trenton's father and he says the Commodores are looking to use Trenton at running back and punt returner. 

In Vienna, a pair of Dooly County wide receivers signing scholarships. Bentavious Miller signed with Tuskegee and Keith Mumphery is headed to Michigan State. Mumphery had several division one offers but says the Spartans were an easy choice.

Mumphery also had offers from Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma State among others.

The Albany State Rams are off to a great start with local talent.  The Rams signing Dougherty lineman DeAndre Williams early this morning. His coach Charles Flowers says Williams has good feet and graded out well in every game. Flowers believes DeAndre Williams could play offensive or defense at Albany State.

A  pair of Crisp County Cougars signing on to play with the Golden Rams. Linebacker Dermonti Dempsey and quarterback Chris Yow will both be joining Albany State  in the fall.

The Rams also picked up some skill at the skill positions at Brooks County.  Brothers Keith and Kendrick Christopher both signing with the Rams and both are talented running backs.

Safety Donte West also signing with Albany State. Brooks County lineman Lawrence Virgil signed with Valdosta State and linebacker Rodney Thomas signed with Fort Valley State.

Valdosta State also landing Cairo High quarterback Brian Walker.Walker is a versatile athlete who can play several positions. Syrupmakers Jermyrin Bodiford is going to play at Georgia Military College for the next two years.

Over at Worth County, two members of the Rams strong defense are heading in different directions. Linebacker Justin Tukes is headed to play at Central Florida. Sherrod Loud is going to Georgia State. Loud can't wait to be part of history as a member of the Panthers first football team this fall.

In Tifton a trio of Tift County Blue Devils are headed to the next level. Quarterback Malcom Dixon signing on to play at Charleston Southern. Running back and corner Micah McCant is headed to Valdosta State and defensive end Akail Parker inked with Fort Valley State.   

In Douglas a pair of Coffee Trojans signing D1 scholarships. Offensive lineman Garrett Scott signed with Marshall. Cornerback Pernell Williams is headed to Coastal Carolina after missing most of his senior season with a knee injury.

Thomas County Central has three players signing including defensive back Reshard Cliett who is headed to South Florida.

Irwin County's Terrance Woodard signs with Georgia State and Fred Marshall is headed to Presbyterian.

High school  Player  University
Worth County Joshua Tukes Central Florida  
  Sherrod Loud Georgia State
Colquitt Co.   Cameron Erving Florida State
  Quin Roberson Samford
  William Dismuke VSU
  Davis Durham VSU
  Amel Magwood VSU
  Ashley Mead VSU
  William McCrary GMC
  Willie McCrary GMC
  Derrell Ward Tuskegee
  Tyrell Wright West Georgia
  Chris Walsh St. Augustine
  Tyler Dismuke Valdosta St.
  Nyneson Jeudy Hutchinson CC
Thomasville High   Fred Holton  Georgia Tech
  Charles Hayes Troy
Cairo       Brian Walker VSU
  Jemyrin Bodiford  GMC
Monroe      Larry Whitfield Undecided
Deerfield-Windsor  Tony Zenon Georgia Tech
Fitzgerald     Trenton Pruitt Vanderbilt
  R. J. Davis VSU
  Nick Williams Carson Newman
Dooly Co.     Keith Mumphrey Michigan State
  Ventavious Miller Tuskegee
Crisp Co.      Chris Yow Albany State
  Dermonti Dempsey Albany St.
Coffee High   Garrett Scott Marshall
  Pernell Williams Coastal Carolina
Tift Co.          Malcolm Dixon Charleston Southern
  Micah McCants Valdosta St.
  Akail Parker Ft. Valley St.
Valdosta High  Dontavis Sapp Tennessee
  Jordan Jenkins Carson-Newman
  Brandon Freeman Benedict
  Marcus Davis Carson-Newman
 Lowndes  Telvin Smith  FSU
   Ed Christian  Auburn
   Michael Copeland  Florida Atlantic
   Khary Franklin  Troy
   Jordan Black  Eastern Kentucky
   Justin Browning  VSU
   Michael Miller  VSU
   Layne Grant  VSU
   Aaron Winston  West Georgia
   Riyadh Moore  Hutchinson Co. CC
 Brooks Co.  Kendrick Christopher  Albany State
   Keith Christopher  Albany State
   Donte West  Albany State
  Lawrence Virgil Valdosta St.
  Rodney Thomas Ft. Valley St.
 Dougherty High     D'Andre Williams    Albany State
 Thomas Co. Central Reshard Cliett  South Florida 
   Chris Shiver Carson Newman 
   Caleb Heard Shorter 
 Irwin Co. Terrance Woodward  Georgia St. 
   Fred Marshall Presbyterian 
 Wilcox Co. Lonnie Outlaw  Georgia (GMC) 
   Tyrell Miller Butler, KS. CC