First-year head coach Jason Respert had three of his players — Dion Cavin Jr., Anthony Garner and Terrell Gibson — sign to play football for West Georgia Technical College and head coach Walter Dunson.
“I’m proud of how they’ve responded to the transition they’ve experienced this past year and proud that they have the opportunity to continue on and compete. I hope they compete well,” said Respert.
Cavin was moved to cornerback for his final season of high school football and according to Respert, he did a “tremendous job.”
“He’s a raw, talented guy. He’s extremely athletic with extremely good feet,” Respert said.
Being moved to a brand new position, Respert said Cavin made a lot of progress this season as he had to get comfortable with his new role on the team.
“He had gotten more comfortable with his technique and became really confident and now has a good grasp of what it takes to be a good cornerback,” said Respert.
Garner was described by Respert as a “great kid that worked extremely hard, a little undersized, but a big heart.” Garner suffered a high ankle sprain and was unable to play in the final three games of the season, but his hard work and efforts were still recognized as he won several awards — all-region honorable mention, and the team’s offensive MVP and most outstanding back.
Garner was a captain during his final season and a key to the team’s offense.
“We formed our offense around him. He’s a big reason we were able to move the football and be competitive,” Respert said.
Gibson, according to Respert, was a utility player and what he called a true “football player.”
“You could put him anywhere. He went from safety to linebacker to running back. He just loves football and can play all 11 positions,” said Respert.
Respert also said Gibson has the type of football instincts that aren’t commonly found in a high school player.
“I’m proud that he accepted every challenge we threw at him,” Respert said.
With all three of these players going to the same team, Respert said that will help them out a lot in times when they need to lean on someone.
“They’ll already be familiar with each other and will each have two other people to vent to and when they need that support system in high competition situations,” said Respert.