High School Sports

National Signing Day: Six Carver football players sign

Update, 3:20 p.m.

Six Carver High football players signed letters of intent on Wednesday, including highly-coveted wide receiver Marqui Hawkins.

Hawkins, avoiding suspense, signed with the University of Florida as expected after committing nine months ago.

The 6-foot-2 wide receiver is one of a slew at the position picked up by the Gators. Hawkins, listed as a three-star recruit by most outlets, said one of the main reasons he signed with the team is because he expects to have an opportunity to earn playing time early on.

Hawkins finished the 2012 season with 423 yards and six touchdowns receiving.

Also signing were Anthony Kimble and Jaquan Sanks (Globe Institute of Technology), Danny Ryles and Toddrick Johnson (West Georgia Technical College) and John Thomas (Miles College).

Update, noon

Six players from the Shaw High football team signed letters of intent to continue their careers at the college level on Wednesday.

They were led by quarterback Chandler Whittlesey, the All Bi-City offensive player of the year, who signed with Union College.

Tight end Joe Purter (Presbyterian College), linebackers Chris Golden and DeAnthone Morse (Cumberland University), cornerback Carlton Little and wide receiver LaVonte Williams (Atlanta Prep Sports Academy) also signed.

Whittlesey passed for 2,350 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for 674 yards and 10 touchdowns en route to earning the player of the year nod. Purter, one of Whittlesey’s main targets, had 481 yards receiving and three touchdowns on offense. He also recorded 50 tackles as a defensive end.

Morse had 66 tackles (13 for loss) and three sacks for the Raiders defense, while Golden had 68 and six. Little was a shutdown corner on defense and Williams had 383 yards and eight touchdowns receiving.

Overall, they helped the team to six wins and a playoff appearance.

Hartley Busby signed to play softball at Darton, and Nia Minnigan signed to play volleyball at Fort Valley.

Update, 10 a.m.

Glenwood offensive lineman Frank Warren signed with Alabama State Wednesday morning at Glenwood.

Update, 8:45 a.m.

Four football players from Central-Phenix City signed Wednesday morning.

As expected, offensive lineman Cameron Fraser signed with Louisville. He had been committed to South Florida, but changed to Louisville a couple of weeks ago.

Joining Fraser were teammates Deon Hall (Benedict College), Derek King (St. Augustine's University) and Jeremiah Payne (St. Augustine's University).

Hall is a running back, who rushed for 758 yards and eight touchdowns last season.

King is a defensive lineman who had 67 tackles last season.

Payne is an offensive lineman.

More than 20 Bi-City area football players are expected to sign national letters-of-intent today to continue their playing careers in college.

A pair of players -- Carver's Marqui Hawkins and Central's Cameron Fraser -- have committed to sign with Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) schools.

Hawkins, a wide receiver, is expected to sign with Florida. Meanwhile Fraser, an offensive lineman, is expected to sign with Louisville.

Two more players -- Harris County's Jay Ellison and Glenwood's Frank Warren -- are expected to sign with Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) schools.

Ellison, a defensive end, is expected to sign with Georgia Southern, while Warren, an offensive lineman, is expected to sign with Alabama State.


2:30 p.m. Wednesday

Signing: Marqui Hawkins (committed to University of Florida football)


8:45 a.m. Wednesday

Signing: Cameron Fraser (committed to Louisville football)


10 a.m. Wednesday

Signing: Frank Warren (committed to Alabama State football)


3:30 p.m. Wednesday

Signing: Amber Locey (committed to Andrews College softball)

Harris County

2:15 p.m. Wednesday

Signing: Tre’von Gunn (committed to Clark Atlanta football); Jay Ellison (committed to Georgia Southern football)


10:30 a.m. Wednesday

Signing: Joe Purter (committed to Presbyterian football); La’Vonte Williams (committed to Atlanta Sports Academy football); Carlton Little (committed to Atlanta Sports Academy football); Chandler Whittlesey (committed to Union College football); Chris Golden (committed to Cumberland University football); De’Anthone Morse (committed to Cumberland University football); Nia Minnigan (committed to Fort Valley volleyball); Hartly Busby (committed to Darton softball)


11:45 a.m. Wednesday

Signing: Mark Moimoi (considering LaGrange College football)

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