Torrion Brummitt stood out at Shaw High School’s college signing day program, and it wasn’t just because he stands 6-foot-7.
Of Shaw’s seven athletes, he was the only one not signing a football grant-in-aid on Wednesday.
He is going to play basketball at Western Carolina University.
“I used to play football, so I don’t feel strange at all today,” he said, smiling. “I played for two years. I was a wide receiver.”
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He said after his sophomore year he decided he would be better off putting his focus on basketball and it paid off.
“I’m excited,” he said. “It is going to be a great challenge.”
Signing for football were Olawale Dada with Appalachian State University, Ernest Trammel Jr. with Tuskegee University and Anthony DeMunn, Serkeith Hughley, Jalen Jones and JaQuori Thornton with Point University.
Point University is the former Atlanta Christian College, which is being relocated to a campus in West Point. The school plays NAIA football.
Hughley already has a brother playing football at the school. They are both linebackers.
“I’m ready to play right along side of him,” Hughley said.
He said he helped convince his fellow players to come along with him.
“It will be fun sticking together,” he said.
Shaw football coach Jamie Fox said the group of players is special. “Their goal was to help us get back to the playoffs and we did,” Fox said.
Dada is a linebacker, DeMunn plays on the offensive and defensive line, Jones is a wide receiver, Thornton is a defensive back and Trammel is a tight end.
Trammel stands around 6-foot-5. “Ernest, with his body, his frame could really develop into something special,” Fox said.
He said Trammel “does not do a lot of talking,” but works hard.
He said Dada has great athleticism and a lot of potential and that Jones “will definitely be a home run threat.”
Jones, Fox said, was fifth in the state in receiving yardage even though he is only about 5-foot-8.
Versatility has been the key for DeMunn.
“He has played everywhere on the line for us,” Fox said.
At the ceremony, Fox told the players the important thing was that they come back to school four years from now with a degree because that is the main reason they are going to college.
Principal Michael Barden reminded the players that they will always be Raiders and to conduct themselves properly at all times.
“You have been a true asset to Shaw,” Barden said.