Six West Forsyth football players signed with college programs on Wednesday, bringing an end to another year of recruiting for the Wolverines.
Center Andrew Marshall highlighted the festivities by signing with Georgia Tech — a choice that came as no surprise. He had committed to the Yellow Jacks back in September and showed no signs of wavering in that decision.
The 6-foot-4, 265-pound lineman was ranked No. 12 at his position in this year’s class by Scout.com, and had been targeted by Paul Johnson for quite some time. Marshall was also recruited by Duke and Wake Forest, but ultimately Tech won him over.
“I’m very excited to make this official,” Marshall said. “It’s good to finally be done with everything. I feel like I’m where I’m supposed to be, so I feel great. Good coaches, good facilities.”
Marshall will be tasked with learning Johnson’s triple option offense, which differs greatly from the more traditional styles used at most Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I) schools. He’s looking forward to that challenge, however, and believes it fits well with his skill set.
“[Johnson] and I talked a lot about the triple option, and I think it’s going to be fun,” Marshall added. “I’m just going to work as hard as I can. We’ll see what happens.”
Best friends Coleton Staton, Kyran Ochocki and Gabe Pierce have been planning on playing college football together since middle school, and on Wednesday that dream became a reality. All three signed with Reinhardt University.
“It’s such a blessing to be able to play in college with your two best friends,” said Pierce. “That’s something you can always say you did and tell your kids about later in life.”
Pierce and Staton will both play running back for Reinhardt; Ochocki will serve as a wide receiver.
“It makes it that much sweeter,” Staton said of signing alongside Ochoki and Pierce. “To have them going with me — I couldn’t have asked for more. It’s the best feeling in the world and a dream come true.”
After tearing an ACL for the second time in two years, safety Justin Rosenblum wasn’t sure if he’d ever have the chance to play football again. But after some grueling rehab he was able to suit up for his senior year, and in that time played well enough to earn a scholarship from Maryville College in Tennessee.
“I’m just blessed and grateful that I can keep playing after just one year of high school,” Rosenblum said. “It’s a great opportunity. The physical rehab was very painful, and having to go through it twice is the worst feeling ever. Today makes it all feel worth it.”
Josh Davis, a defensive lineman, signed with Air Force — committing himself to far more than the next four years of his life.
Davis, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound lineman, turned down an offer from Navy to become a Falcon.
“I’m just really excited to get it down on paper,” he said. “I’ve been committed since this summer, and to make it official and get it done with is great.”
Davis hopes to earn his degree and serve in the United States military thereafter.
“I’m proud to not only have the chance to keep playing football, but to fight for my country as well,” he said.