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Four Hiram football players sign scholarships
by Ericka Birdsong
April 25, 2013 09:59 AM | 3202 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Hiram High football players, from left, Austin Post, Julian Dickens, Justin Collett and Trevor Wylie prepare to sign to their prospective colleges.
Hiram High football players, from left, Austin Post, Julian Dickens, Justin Collett and Trevor Wylie prepare to sign to their prospective colleges.
Hiram seniors Justin Collett, Julian Dickens, Austin Post and Trevor Wylie signed scholarships to play football at the collegiate level at a signing held at Hiram High School April 17.

Led by head football coach Andy Dorsey, each of the players signed their commitment papers in front of their family and friends.

“Any time someone from your program signs, it’s exciting. I’m proud of them. It’s a special and unique opportunity,” Dorsey said.

Collett signed to Division III Maryville College in Maryville, Tenn,. to play for head football coach Mike Rader.

According to Dorsey, when Collett began playing for Hiram he was undersized but was determined to play football at the next level. His determination was said by Dorsey to make him the first one in the weight room and the last one out as he worked hard, not to brag, but to get better.

“He’s one of the hardest-working kids we’ve had. He’s a soft spoken kid that leads by example. A great testimony of a strong work ethic,” said Dorsey.

Wylie signed to Division II Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Ala., under the leadership of head coach Willie Slater.

Dorsey said Wylie came into the Hiram football program as a sophomore and is possibly the best kicker in Hiram history. In 2012, he made 27 extra points out of of 28 attempts; kicked four field goals, with the longest 50 yards; averaged 39 yards per punt, and kicked 29 kickoffs for touchbacks.

“He has an extremely powerful leg and has the ability to dominate his conference and have an immediate impact on the team,” Dorsey said.

Dickens signed to Division II Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C., to play for head coach Bobby Jones in the school’s inaugural football season.

As a four-year starter, Dickens played both linebacker and running back. As a senior Dickens had 45 rushes for 259 yards averaging 5.8 yards a carry, three rushing touchdowns, 19 catches for 249 yards averaging 13.1 yards per catch and three receiving touchdowns.

“He’s the most athletic of the four. He’s a solid player and can play either spot in college. He has the God-given tools to be special,” Dorsey said.

Post signed to Division III Berry College in Mount Berry, and will play for head coach Tony Kunczewski for their inaugural football season.

According to Dorsey, Post played multiple positions, beginning at quarterback as a freshman, eventually playing as a linebacker, offensive lineman and defensive lineman.

“He’s very versatile, a good kid and a hard worker. He’ll have many options at Berry,” said Dorsey.

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