Spencer sends nine football players to next level
Spencer coach Pierre Coffey was thrilled for his team during the fall when it was able to go 8-4, its first winning record since 1977. But not even that could compare to Wednesday, when he got to watch nine of his seniors sign on the dotted line to play football in college.
“This is the most fulfilling part of my job,” he said. “Winning ballgames, going to camps, going to practice — that’s all fine. But the best thing is to see guys sign scholarships and have some kind of post-secondary education opportunity.”
Nine players participated in the ceremony, eight signing scholarships and one signing to be a preferred walk-on at Memphis, a Division I school.
Wide receiver Jermaine Hernandez signed with Faulkner University, lineman Raekwon Allen with Georgia Military College, running back Tyrell Smith with Morehouse, defensive back Daymeonta White with Tuskegee, defensive back Dashae Hubbard with Tuskegee, lineman Chris Baker with Coffeyville Community College, lineman Carl Ash with Middle Georgia State, lineman Malachi Wilson with the National Sports and Education Academy and defensive back Kameron Blackshear as a preferred walk-on at Memphis.
Blackshear said Memphis had shown interest in him as a sophomore and junior, and even though they never offered he was interested in going there.
“I just kept in touch with them and told them that’s where I wanted to go,” he said.
More than anything, though, he and Coffey were both happy to be able to participate with such a large class.
“These guys — they worked extremely hard,” Coffey said. “They were extremely hungry for the opportunity to be a good football team, and that showed all year long. I’m just glad that some college coaches were paying attention. They came in and offered these guys based on what they saw this season.”
And this is only the beginning, Coffey said. Out of 20 seniors for 2016, nine have signed and he hopes to get that number up near 15 in the coming months. Beyond that, he said this class is just a foundation for those of the coming years.
“This is something we can build on,” he said. “These guys are paving the way for a plethora of other guys. … We have a couple junior college guys who have some offers and are getting looked at. Hopefully, by February or March or April, we’ll do another signing day where they’re playing somewhere. This is just the beginning.”
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