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Several area players must start recruiting process over again

Jakyrio
Williams

Jakyrio Williams

Jakyrio Williams woke up on National Signing Day on Wednesday all set to sign a scholarship with West Georgia Technical College.

But Williams was met with some disappointment as he walked into the Mundy’s Mill’s gymnasium. Tigers coach Greg Manior had to break the news to Williams that there was no longer an opportunity at WGTC after the junior college in Douglasville decided to drop its intentions of starting a football program.

The decision was announced by interim school president Pat Hannon on Tuesday. Williams, like several other players in the Southern Crescent, was shocked to learn of the decision.

“I was definitely looking forward to playing there in hopes of being looked at by a four-year school,” Williams said Wednesday after signing day ceremonies at Mundy’s Mill. “It is definitely a letdown. I’m not going to let it get me too down, because I know something will come available.”

At Dutchtown, three players were expected to sign with the school.

Outgoing Dutchtown coach Kevin Jones, who was recently named the coach at Mount Zion, said he has been in contact with the Georgia Sports Academy coach to see if they had a place for Jordan Anderson, Michael Scott and Brandon Durden.

“It really hurt when they shut the door on some of our kids,” Jones said. “Our signing day wasn’t what it could’ve been. When that fell through, I called Mike Carson, the coach at Georgia Sports Academy, and he was going to work on setting those guys up. The players are still making decisions with their families as to what to do.”

Riverdale had two players left out when WGTC dropped the program.

“We will get back to work in finding something for our guys,” Riverdale coach Terry Herrod said. “We will find something for them.”

Hannon cited that WGTC couldn’t sustain the requirements for the program and the associated long-term costs.

The Golden Knights were to have played their first game this coming fall.

“After careful consideration, West Georgia Technical College has chosen to withdraw a request that was made to the Technical College System of Georgia to approve football as an additional athletic program for the Golden Knights,” Hannon told the Douglas County Sentinel.

Hannon said other sports at West Georgia Tech — baseball, softball and men’s and women’s basketball — would not be affected. All four sports are competing in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Unlike some of the other players affected by the school’s decision who have plenty of film to distribute to potential colleges, Williams only played in one game before getting injured. Williams was ineligible his junior season after transferring from Forest Park.

Williams said he is not too worried because he has a lot of faith in Tigers coach Greg Manior.

“I know he has my best interest,” Williams said. “I’m sure I will land somewhere.”

Manior said there should be a lot of interest in the mobile 6-foot-4, 315-pounder.

“He definitely passes the eye test,” Manior said. “He has great potential with a lot of God-given talent. He has that body that coaches are looking for and he has the ability to play college football. Somebody will be getting a great offensive lineman.”