On National Signing Day, several athletes across the area inked college football scholarships. At Rutherford High School, Dondrell Harris signed with Troy University. Dondrell was recruited by the DI Trojans as a defensive player- and could see time at Nickelback or Safety. Dondrell said he chose Troy because it's close to home, and he has family near the Troy campus. Dondrell played both ways for the Rams this season, leading them to a county championship.
In Bristol, Alex Marlowe put pen to paper with DII Clark Atlanta. Alex played both ways for the Bulldogs, leading them to a State Semi-Final appearance, and could see time at offense and defense for the Panthers next year. Alex racked up over 1400 yards rushing this season, and 320 yards receiving. He scored 18 touchdowns- including six in one game against Graceville. Alex was an All-State Utility player, and both football stars agree finally signing to play at the next level, is still a little surreal.
"It feels amazing," said Alex. "It has me almost speechless right now. This is a day I can look back on when I get older and see that I made my town proud of me, that the town looked up to me."
"It still doesn't seem real- but it'll sink in in a little bit," said Dondrell. "All this hard work isn't for nothing. That's what my Dad's been telling me since middle school. Getting grads and working hard starts right now. I'm just blessed and I thank God every day when I wake up for getting to play this game."