Forsyth County high school football seniors were active in the final days leading up to National Signing Day, the unofficial holiday of college football fans when players across the country sign letters of intent to play at the next level.
Here’s a look at some of the latest developments leading up to today’s signing ceremonies:
Ratliff commits to Pirates
Following in the now-long tradition of county long snappers going to a Football Bowl Subdivision program, Lambert senior Anthony Ratliff announced his commitment to East Carolina on Monday night.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder is a five-star prospect and ranked No. 10 at his position in the country, according to Rubio Long Snapping.
“I have decided to commit to East Carolina University to play football!” Ratliff said in a post on Twitter. “I first and foremost want to thank my dad who has been my number 1 supporter through this whole thing. I could not have done this without the entire Rubio Family and the Lambert coaching staff! I look forward to being a Pirate! #PirateNation #NoQuarter
Ratliff would join the first recruiting class for new Pirates head coach Scottie Montgomery, who takes over after East Carolina went went 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the American Athletic Conference this past season.
Bardall commits to Colonels
North Forsyth senior offensive lineman Jackson Bardall made a flurry of recruiting visits in the last two weeks but settled on Eastern Kentucky University.
Bardall made the announcement late Sunday night on his Twitter account.
“Outside my mind to be able to say I have committed to Eastern Kentucky University!!! Beyond honored to be able to call myself a #Colonel!” Bardall said.
Bardall had also visited Valdosta State, but choose instead a Colonels program that went 6-5 overall and 5-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference this past season. EKU made some noise when it narrowly lost 34-27 in overtime to SEC-member Kentucky on Oct. 3.
Snyder stays in state
Lambert senior offensive lineman Cliff Snyder decided to stay close to home, as the all-county and all-region blocker announced he’d committed to Mercer on Saturday.
“Proud to announce I have committed to play football at Mercer University!”
Snyder was a key member of the Longhorns’ veteran offensive line this past season and big reason Lambert went 8-3 and reached the Class AAAAAA state playoffs for the third straight season.
Snyder would join a Bears program that went 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the Southern Conference this past season, and he’d have some Forsyth County company in South Forsyth’s Sam Walker and West Forsyth’s Cole Staton.
Lambert: Sean Bailey, Cincinnati; Sam Fleming, Samford; Tanner Hall, Georgia Southern; Anthony Ratliff, East Carolina; Cliff Snyder, Mercer.
North Forsyth: Will Andrews, Birmingham Southern; Jackson Bardall, Eastern Kentucky.
Pinecrest Academy: Logan Stafford, MIT.
South Forsyth: Alex Barbir, Penn State; Jalen Camp, Georgia Tech; Cameron Kline, Harvard; Sam Outlaw, Kennesaw State; Elijah Smith, Maryville.