The number of Baldwin High School seniors signing to continue their football careers at college was upped by two recently.
Defensive standout Milton Adams and offensive lineman Jalen Gay became the fifth and sixth Baldwin High Class of 2019 football student-athletes to sign their letters of intent since National Signing Day. Adams is westward bound for Mississippi Valley State University while Gay is headed in the same direction, though not as far, as he signed to Point University to become a Skyhawk.
Adams is the fifth defensive signee of this senior class joining his first four classmates that signed back in early February. Gay served as an offensive guard for the Braves, and is the first in this year’s class to sign as a primarily offensive player.
Adams’ list of accomplishments as a high school football player is a lengthy one. As a junior linebacker, he was the Region 3-AAAA Defensive Player of the Year after accumulating 112 total tackles (13 for loss) and three interceptions. Adams was named All-State that same season and dubbed The Union-Recorder’s All-County Defensive Player of the Year. He followed up that strong junior campaign with another his final high school season. Adams was an All-Region Defensive First-Teamer after having reached the century mark in total tackles once again, and helped lead the Braves to a region championship.
The linebacker/defensive back’s smaller stature likely contributed to his lengthy recruitment process, but one thing is for certain — when Adams sees the football he’s going to do everything he can to take down the ballcarrier. That translated to the tape seen by the Mississippi Valley State University coaching staff which led to Adams being offered the opportunity to visit the campus. He clicked with the coaching staff during his March visit, and accepted the offer to become a Delta Devil.
“It means a lot to be able to do something I love and to compete at a high level,” Adams said after signing Thursday. “I’m just looking forward to the opportunity. I really liked the culture. They’re rebuilding, but the coaches are really hyped up. The place felt really special when I got there.”
Baldwin High head football coach revealed that Adams was a key reason he decided to return to Milledgeville to coach the Braves for a second tenure.
“When I came back to take this job, it wasn’t the principal, it wasn’t the superintendent, it wasn’t an administrator that recruited me — it was Milton Adams,” Hicks said. “I don’t know how he got my phone number, but I had more conversations with Milton about coming back than I had with anybody, including my wife and my children. I could hear in his voice that he wanted to be successful.”
Adams says he will play STAR/nickel back for Mississippi Valley State when he joins the program, and plans on majoring in sports administration.
Joining Adams was this BHS senior class’ first offensive signee Jalen Gay who is headed to West Point, Ga. to play for Point University, an NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) program.
Gay attended a Point University tryout in March, and obviously made a good impression on the Skyhawk coaching staff as he left with an offer.
“This means everything to me because I've always wanted to play at the college level,” Gay told The Union-Recorder. “I’m just thankful that God has given me this opportunity.”
The offensive lineman contributed to a Baldwin High offense that produced an 1,100-yard rusher this past season and put up 27 and 30 points against Thomson and Burke County respectively, two perennial powerhouses in GHSA Class 4A football.
The Skyhawks finished last season at 3-8, winning their final game against Bluefield College 14-9.
Coach Hicks had a few words for his players just weeks away from high school graduation.
“To both of you, I’m proud of you and congratulations,” he said. “This is home for you guys, and if there’s ever anything we can do for you, you’re always welcome back at Baldwin High School.”