Nine from area teams ink football scholarships
By JOSH FRYE
Nine area senior football players, including five from Escambia County High School, signed college athletic scholarships last Wednesday, February 5, during National College Signing Day.
The signing set a new school record for the most players signed in one day for ECHS, while Northview High witnessed three players sign and J.U. Blacksher had one player commit.
Jacob Hammac, Ra’quan Crenshaw, Eric Ferguson, Jamarius Lewis and Trevon Lambert were the Blue Devils who signed to play football at the next level. Northview’s Cameron Findley, Gerrick Davis and Jacob Hawkins did likewise, as did JUB’s J.T. Tucker.
“This has never happened before for Escambia County High,” ECHS athletic director and head coach Scott Mason said. “The kids and the entire staff have worked very hard to get to this point. Our goal at the beginning of the year was to get as many kids signed as we could. It has been a total team effort among the faculty and administration. I have stayed on the phone calling, and if you throw enough mud, some will eventually stick.”
Marshman said the scholarship signing were indicators of each player’s will to succeed at whatever he tries to do. “As a coach you know these guys will eventually leave, you expect it,” Marshman said. “You are happy to see guys sign and have the opportunity to continue their football careers, but the main goal is to see them succeed. It doesn’t matter if they go to trade school, a major college, or join the military.
“We want our kids to succeed, and it’s awesome that these young men get the opportunity to showcase their talents at the next level.”