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Central's Walter Pritchett commits to Troy

David Mitchell

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.com

Defensive player of the year | WALTER PRITCHETT | School: Central | Position: LB/DE | Class: Senior | Stats/notes: Recorded 63 total tackles, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles to help lead the Central defense. Team advanced to the Class 7A state semifinals.
Defensive player of the year | WALTER PRITCHETT | School: Central | Position: LB/DE | Class: Senior | Stats/notes: Recorded 63 total tackles, 14.5 sacks and three forced fumbles to help lead the Central defense. Team advanced to the Class 7A state semifinals. mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.com

Central defensive lineman and linebacker Walter Pritchett announced his commitment to Troy University on Sunday, saying the school just felt like home.

He liked the location and the opportunity to play early, making it the right fit for him, he said.

"It's close to home, the opportunity to play early, family atmosphere," he wrote in a message to the Ledger-Enquirer. "It just feels like home."

Pritchett had an impressive senior season for the Red Devils, recording 14.5 sacks en route to selection as the All-Bi-City defensive player of the year.

He is one of a number of Division-I caliber recruits on Central, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Cornerback John Broussard has enrolled early at Auburn, while defensive back Darius King, who is committed to Alabama State, has continued to garner attention after a strong senior season. Toron Morten will likely sign Division-I this year, and juniors like Karon Delince and Markail Benton have garnered major attention from the ACC, SEC and other conferences.

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