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NCAA fall signing period off to a busy start

November 14, 2007

 Albany- Wednesday begins a week long period where high school athletes in winter and spring sports can sign scholarships so they can concentrate on their final seasons of high school action.

 Several south Georgia athletes took advantage of the fall period.

Deerfield-Windsor point guard Andre Young has been a basketball star in middle school and high school.

Now, he is ready to take his game to the toughest conference in college basketball.

Andre Young signed his scholarship with Clemson University of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

 He is the first player at Deerfield-Windsor to sign a division one basketball scholarship.

A three time all-state performer at Deerfield-Windsor, Young is already owns the Deerfield-Windsor school record for assists and has scored more than 1000 points in his career.

After he hopes to lead the Knights to a state title this season, Young is looking forward to playing for Oliver Purcell's Tigers next year.

Andre Young said "All the hard work has definitely paid off. I have been playing since I was a little kid. It is just a dream come true to be able to sign this paper and go play DI basketball in the ACC."

Deerfield-Windsor coach Gordy Gruhl said "Certainly when I first saw him play in the eighth grade, I knew he had this type of potential. i knew he was going to work hard to make his dreams come true."

Andre Young starts his senior season at Deerfield-Windsor on December 1st against George Walton.

Tift County's Lindsay Welker will not be a teammate of Andre Young but they will be seeing each other in college.

The Lady Blue Devil center signed to play for the Clemson Lady Tigers.

Welker, who averaged 14 points and nine rebounds, has known for a long time she wanted to play for Clemson.

She committed to the Lady Tigers before her junior season last year.

Lindsay Welker said "That is one of the things that made me want to go to Clemson It is a huge opportunity to play in an ACC school and hopefully Clemson will be up there soon."

Tift County Lady Blue Devils start their season on Monday.  

It is no secret that Colquitt County High School and Moss Farms have one of the top junior diving programs in the nation.

The Packers and Tigers proved it again Wednesday with three divers signing with three of the top swimming and diving teams in the Southeastern Conference and NCAA.

Colquitt County's Ryan Helms, just back from the Junior Pan Am Games, has signed with Tennessee.

Anna Aguero signed with Auburn.

And a Owen Blank signed to dive for the University of Georgia.

While Owen and Ryan have competed against each other in meets throughout their lives, it will be different next year when they are on different teams.

Owen Blank said "It is going to be fun. He is a great guy and it is going to be fun competing against him." This is the second time that Colquitt County and Moss Farms have signed three divers with SEC schools in the same year.

In Valdosta, Lowndes High catcher Christian Glisson signing a baseball scholarship to play for David Perno's Georgia Bulldogs.

Glisson had a .379 batting average in the spring with five homeruns and 28 runs batted in.

His defense was just as good as his offense. Glisson threw out more than 40 percent of the base runners who thought they could steal a base off of him.

The NCAA fall signing period ends November 21st.


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