VALDOSTA — The Lowndes football team had five players sign collegiate letters of intent on National Signing Day. Five additional players signed with colleges at Crimson Coliseum on Wednesday morning.
Defensive lineman Walker Schwab signed with Valdosta State. Safety Tymere Moore and running back J.D. Lee signed with Albany State. Tight end Marcus Brownrigg signed with Florida A&M and cornerback Terrell Belcher signed with Webber International.
“I’m very proud of these five young men. The work they’ve put in on the field, off the field, and especially in the classroom, all five of these guys are academically qualified and ready to go to college,” coach Randy McPherson said.
An All-Region 1-7A first-teamer, Schwab will stay close to home at Valdosta State. Schwab helped spur Lowndes’ record-setting defense up front in his senior season. The Vikings’ defense surrendered 186 points, fewest since the 2013 team that appeared in the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.
Moore and Lee stay together as they move on to Albany State. The two all-region performers who have played together since middle school look forward to continuing their playing careers together.
“We’re real close friends. We grew up together. So him wanting to go to Albany State and me wanting to go to Albany State, too, and us still great friends, we’ll make things happen and represent Lowndes High real well,” Lee said.
Lee said Albany State’s academic prowess and the team’s offensive style were two major selling points for him. He said he plans to major in computer science. The Rams use tandem running backs and Lee said he will play B-back.
Moore plans to major in sports medicine at Albany State. He said when some of the football players found out he was coming for a visit, they texted and called him with praise for the program.
Once he understood for himself, he was committed.
“I’ve been waiting on this my whole entire life,” Moore said. “Nobody in my family has really went to a four-year school, so for me to be the first one to go, it’s something I can’t put into words.”
Brownrigg visited Florida A&M in February and will visit the Rattlers again Friday to watch a spring practice.
The tight end was committed elsewhere when new Rattlers coach Willie Simmons offered him to come to Tallahassee.
“I went down there and they just treated me like I was already family. It was nice, and I’m ready to be back on the field,” he said.
Brownrigg said he is thinking about majoring in either architecture or physical therapy.
Often overlooked for his 5-foot-7, 152-pound frame, Belcher just wanted a chance to prove himself at the next level.
Webber International coach Kelly Scott provided him that opportunity.
“Coach said, ‘If he can make plays, he can play on my field.’ That stood out to me the most,” said Belcher, who plans to major in criminal justice. “I’ve been getting overlooked because of my size and compared to people who are two times bigger than me.”