Carver has eight players sign

Carver’s LeRon Furr is headed to the Big 12 Conference. Big arms, big passing yards and big scores.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Tigers linebacker had announced his commitment to Oklahoma State more than a month ago.

But that took away none of the excitement and happiness from Wednesday’s national signing day ceremony at the Carver High School media center.

“It feels good now,” Furr said. “Now I’ve got to work hard and get stronger, so I can get on the field next year.”

Carver had eight players sign college scholarships during the ceremony, including five to Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) schools including Furr, linebacker Jarvis Jones (USC), tackle Chris Hubbard (UAB), defensive back Ryan Campbell (Mississippi) and safety Bill Alexander (Akron).

Offensive lineman Johnathan Martin signed with Tennessee State, and lineman Demetrius Shorter signed with Georgia State, which will not field a football team until 2010.

Linebacker Bruno Ryles signed with Albany State, with Darius Mills and receiver Emilio Johnson expected to join him next week.

McGee said having the largest group of signees from any school in the Chattahoochee Valley this season is a credit to the parents, teachers, the Carver administration, coaches and the players.

“Everyone that has played a part in those kids furthering their education as well as their athletic careers should be thanked,” he said.

The coach said that people on the outside have no idea how hard it is to secure a scholarship.

“There are a lot of great athletes out there. Our coaches do a great job of making highlight film and getting those out,” McGee said. “We have two parents, Jody Hill and Mr. (DeRon Furr) that help with some of the film work. And coach Kevin Orck, who does our filming, does a great job.”

Furr got a taste of the a Big 12 style spread offense when Carver defeated Gainesville in the Class AAA state quarterfinal round. He knows what he is in for next season after the Tigers held off the Red Elephants 28-14.

“That was a real spread offense that Gainesville had,” he said. “I really have that to look forward to next year.”

Tackle Chris Hubbard said the early commitment didn’t make Wednesday much easier on the nerves.

“I was nervous at first, but I’m glad to get it out of the way,” he said. Hubbard plans to major in engineering at UAB.

“The academics are real good, and it’s close to home,” he said. “That’s what I love.”

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