Georgia Military College’s football program has had hundreds of student-athletes continue their careers at all levels of college football. The NCAA signing held in December witnessed the Bulldogs continue their tradition of excellence.
As GMC football enters its 30th year, the seven individuals who signed brought the total to 580 Bulldogs who have moved on to the next level. These young men are a shining example of what hard work, perseverance, and dedication can obtain. Because of their hard work, these individuals are able to continue their academic and athletic careers. More importantly, six out of the seven signees graduated and finished their time at GMC in less than two years.
The signees were led by Byron Young, defensive end, who was nationally recruited. Young entered GMC’s doors as a walk-on. His dedication in the classroom and on the playing field garnered him offers from nearly every SEC team and several ACC teams. Young chose to sign with the University of Tennessee. He is considered by 247Sports to be one of the top pass rushers in the junior college ranks, No. 1 weak-side defense end, and No. 11 overall junior college player in the nation.
Joining Young in the SEC will be Marcellas Dial and Isaiah Norris, both cornerbacks, who signed with the University of South Carolina. Offensive lineman Anthony Belton chose to take his talents to the ACC at North Carolina State University.
Joining their fellow Bulldogs during the December signing period were Jjay McAfree, Rod’Darius Gattison, and Chris Williams. McAfee, a wide receiver, will be taking his talents to Statesboro and the Georgia Southern Eagles. Gattison is headed to the mountains of North Carolina where he will play cornerback for the Catamounts of Western Carolina University. Williams, a wide receiver, chose to take his talents to Columbia, South Carolina, to play for Benedict College.
“We are extremely excited for these individuals that signed and are moving on to their new colleges,” GMC interim head coach Rob Manchester said. “These young men are the epitome of what GMC can provide for those that come in and trust the process. Their work ethic, not only on the playing field, but, more importantly in the classroom, has allowed them to live out their dreams of playing at the next level. We believe the curriculum, Cadet Corps, and the rigors of GMC’s process are the main impetus why colleges at the highest level come and recruit our players. We look forward to watching these individuals’ careers in the future.”