"I can't say enough about our seniors," coach Creasy said. "They are a great group of young men, and we are lucky to have had them."
"They worked hard all season. I'm very proud of them as well as all the players on this team."
Athens had several athletes sign with their college of choice on signing day, and others are expected to sign in the coming days.
"We're trying to get Ferrell Williams (running back) and Jeff Leonard (linebacker) ready to go to Faulkner. They have a little work to do first. Of course, Alfred (McCullough), Karlos (Jones) and Jacquez (Pride) had numerous opportunities and all signed LOI Wednesday," Creasy continued.
One prospect who has yet to sign with anyone is talented quarterback Rob Ezell. Ezell was voted Alabama's class 5A Back of the Year by the AHSAA in 2006. Ezell was voted first team All-State as a junior and again as a senior. He also set Alabama high school records for the most total yards by a player in 2006.
Ezell led his team to the 5A state championship title defeating Eufaula 10-7. Ezell's performance was solid with 15-22 passing for 181 yards and 36 yards rushing. He finished his senior season with 157 of 287 for 2,345 yards and 20 touchdowns. His junior season was also impressive with passing yards of 3,356 and 31 touchdowns.
Ezell was thought on his way to Valdosta, but coach Creasy tells ScoutSouth.com that Valdosta simply ran out of scholarships.
"Rob Ezell is a great quarterback and a very good young man. He is waiting to see what happens. If someone doesn't qualify at Valdosta or a couple other places he will pick up an offer. If that doesn't happen, Alabama has ask him to walk-on. Right now he plans to walk-on at Alabama if he doesn't get an offer from someone else," Creasy said.
Coach Creasy also talked of the 2007 season for Athens.
"You hate to use the term rebuilding, but that's what this season will be for us. We have four players returning on the offensive side of the ball and four players returning on defense," Creasy explained.
"We will have to replace our entire defensive line and three interior linemen on offense. We will also have to replace some very good skill position players like Rob (Ezell) Jacquez (Pride) and Ferrell Williams."
"We will be very young this year," Creasy concluded.
As a follower of high school football it was a pleasure to cover Athens High School this season as they made their way through the most competitive region in the state on their way to a state title. Class 5A, Region 8 was a fun region to watch in 2006.
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