Columbus sent two football players on to colleges on Friday morning as linemanRyne Holland
signed with Valdosta State and linebacker
signed with LaGrange College.
Holland (6-5, 290) played offensive and defensive line for Columbus and said he expects to play offensive tackle at Valdosta State. Johnson (5-11 215), who also played some fullback in 2010, will move to half back at LaGrange.
Holland said he liked Valdosta State’s atmosphere and football tradition. The football team has won two NCAA Division II national championships in 2004 and 2007.
“It’s got a beach feel to it with palm trees everywhere, terra cotta roofs and stucco buildings,” Holland said. “I really liked everything down there. It’s always sunny weather and they play good football.”
Holland was the Blue Devils’ defensive player of the year in 2010 with 39 tackles, and he graded out at 82 percent with 18 pancake blocks as an offensive lineman.
Johnson said he was eager to help LaGrange rebuild in 2011 after losing a large class of seniors and was looking forward to the school’s emphasis on academics.
“The school was beautiful, they have a great athletic facility, and most importantly, they have good academics,” Johnson said. “They have real small classes, so I can’t get behind and I can always go to a professor if I need one-on-one time.”
Johnson had about 50 tackles and caught several passes as a fullback in 2010, according to Columbus coach Phil Mario.
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