Five student athletes signed National Letters of Intent to play football and soccer on the collegiate level. Congratulations to each of them.
Jenn Colter will continue her soccer career with the University of South Carolina, joining the Lady Gamecocks team that finished this past season as SEC Champions and ranked fifth in the Nation. Jenn began playing youth soccer at age five. After being coached by her dad, Dale, for four years, Jenn advanced to club soccer with CGSA in Savannah on the U-9 team. Next, she played for Coach Jeremy Aven with Storm Soccer Academy until 10th grade when she joined the Carolina Elite Soccer Academy’s Elite Club National League (ECNL) team in Greenville SC. She is a four year three sport letterman at SCPS having competed on Varsity Cross Country, Track & Field and Soccer teams during high school. She earned Savannah Morning News Best of Preps all four years in Cross Country and the past two years in Soccer, where she was also recognized as the ESPN Radio/Savannah GA Athlete of the Week (4-2-16) during her junior year. Jenn competed in the state track meet both her freshman and junior years placing 6th and 8th respectively in the 400m. Jenn has started all four years for the SCPS Varsity Soccer team and has led the team in goals and assists the past two years, and currently, she has 40 goals and 16 assists in her high school career. Jenn played Right Defender for her ECNL team and predominantly plays Attacking Midfielder and Forward for her high school team. She is expected to play Right Defender or Right Wing for the Gamecocks. Jenn thanks her mom (Deedee), dad (Dale) and brother (Ty) for coaching her in soccer, cross country and track. She appreciates their support for the past eight years as she played club soccer and traveled across the country to compete against some of the best teams and talent in the nation.
AJ Davis will continue his football career at Jacksonville University, where he plans to study mechanical engineering. He started his career at six years old with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. AJ wants to thank his dad, grandma, all his aunts, and the rest of his family for helping him along his journey and supporting him. His most memorable moment is rushing for 236 yards and four touchdowns against New Hampstead his senior year and defeating Calvary his junior year. AJ earned 1st Team All Region for two years, 1st Team All ESPN Coastal Georgia, All-State Honorable Mention, and 1st team for Greater Savannah. As the starting fullback, AJ received the Offensive MVP for the Raiders his junior and senior year. AJ was named Region 3-A Offensive Player of the Year, Quarterback Club Player of the Week, and received a $10,000 Quarterback Club scholarship. AJ rushed for over 2,500 yards in his four years at SCPS. AJ has competed in wrestling where he has placed in countless tournaments since he was little. He runs track for the Raiders, where he throws the disc, runs the 100m dash, runs the 4x100m relay. A special thanks goes to all his coaches, Ricky Wright and his trainer Coach James for helping him along his four years as a Raider.
Jackson McCarthy will continue his football career at Southeastern University. He started playing football at the age of 11 and never stopped. Jackson has dreamed of playing football at the college level. Through commitment and hard work, he will be accomplishing this goal by continuing his career at SEU. He has played varsity football for four years starting in the 8th grade at Norfolk Christian High School in Virginia before transferring to Savannah Christian Preparatory School for his senior year. Jackson’s most memorable moment was playing in his last game with a newfound family of brothers at SCPS. Jackson has also played varsity basketball for three years and played a year of lacrosse as a freshman. He would first like to thank God for the opportunities He has given to him. Next, he would like to thank his mom for being with him every step of the way and supporting him as well as his father for pushing him to strive to be better in everything he does. He would also like to thank the rest of his family, coaches, teammates, friends, and recruiters for everything they have done to help him get to this point. Lastly he would like to thank his grandfather for supporting him and cheering him on before his passing.
Zach Quinney will continue his football and academic career at The Georgia Institute of Technology. His love for football began when he was six years old. Zach gives all the credit to God for blessing him with athletic ability and providing him with a great support staff along the way. He would like to thank his family and friends for being there for him during this journey. He would especially like to thank his dad who, along with Coach Ken Walsh, coached him as a kid and was there for him every step of the way. Zach is a four year starter for the Savannah Christian football team. He has received many accolades throughout his career such as four time All Region, three time All Greater Savannah, two time All State, and an invite to the Blue-Grey All American Bowl. Zach was a standout at the Rising Senior Bowl in 2015 and at the GACA North vs South Bowl in 2016. He was awarded Offensive Line MVP his junior and senior year. Zach also was part of WJCL’s Big 22 and received Athlete of the Week in July, 2016. He earned MVP at the National Underclassmen Top Prospect Camp in Houston Texas his junior year. Zach is very thankful to the Georgia Tech coaches for giving him this unbelievable opportunity. He also wants to thank Coach Chumley, Coach Munch, Coach Warren, Coach Womble, and all the coaches who helped him along the way.
Evan Reese will continue his football career at Kennesaw State University. He started his career at seven years old. Evan wants to thank his Mom, Dad, and his brothers, Ivan and Ashten, for supporting him. His most memorable moment is being ranked in the 99th percentile of all athletes in the country at the Nike Opening Camp. Evan has made 1st Team All-Region all four years, All-State junior and senior year, ESPN Coastal Team junior and senior year, WJCL Big 22, and made All-Savannah junior and year. He started at Tight End and Defensive End since he was a freshman. He also is a Rising Seniors Bowl Alum and played in the North Georgia versus South Georgia All-Star game. Evan won Defensive Player of the Year his junior year and Most Valuable Player his senior year for the Raiders. Evan totaled 30 sacks, 212 tackles, 36 Knockdowns, and three Interceptions over his four years. He also competes in track where he throws shot put and discus. He has gone to the state tournament for the past three years. A special thanks goes to Coaches Chumley, Miros, Elkins, and his teammates for developing his talent and supporting him.