TIFTON — Six Tift County football players announced their athletic and academic futures Wednesday afternoon as part of National Signing Day.
Signing were Ben Brock, Tye Conner, Archer Hathaway, Jaylon Jackson, Jalon Miller and Boone Utley. Five are going to Georgia colleges and a sixth is headed to the Buckeye State.
“I can’t say enough about these guys,” said head football coach Ashley Anders. “These guys have been here day in and day out and the hard work they’ve put into playing football at Tift County and what they’ve done in the classroom. Everybody’s proud of them.”
Conner, an offensive lineman, was first to the table in the media center. He will be playing for Valdosta State.
Next was Brock, a tight end and fullback, who announced his intentions to play for Shorter University. Shorter was also the choice of Hathaway, another offensive lineman.
Linemen continued to be popular when Utley, a center, picked Kennesaw State and Miller, a defensive lineman, announced he would attend West Georgia.
Cornerback/safety Jackson wrapped up signing day by opting for the only out-of-state school: Urbana, located in the city of the same name in Ohio.
Each player gave a short speech at the table. All thanked God first, and all credited family and coaching staffs for their successes.
Utley was a first team All-Region pick in 2019. Brock, Conner, Hathaway and Miller were second team selections. Conner and Miller earned second team merits in 2018 and Brock and Utley made honorable mention.
Hathaway was the only player not to spend his entire playing career at Tift County. He came over after his father, Adam Hathaway, was named superintendent of Tift schools during his junior year of high school. Hathaway previously attended Schley County. He was named first team All-State there by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2018.
Tift County been very successful in recent years in sending football players to various colleges. The AJC noted that 25 were currently on rosters around the country.