By Jonathan Deal
— Today is a holiday for some die-hard college football fans across the country. Every year, on the first Wednesday in February, college football recruits make their pledge official.
Locally, a pair of standout football players will fax letters of intent to colleges they plan to play for next fall.
Athens’ Johnnie Anderson and Tanner’s Hayden Stephens will sign letters of intent at their respective schools today while East Limestone senior Jordon Gandy will wait until Thursday for a signing day ceremony.
Anderson committed last month to Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, Tenn. Competing in the Ohio Valley Conference, Anderson will play either safety or linebacker for the Golden Eagles.
Stephens recently decided to commit to Shorter University in Rome, Ga. A member of the Gulf South Conference, Stephens will play running back and have the opportunity to return kicks.
Three local soccer players will sign letters of intent today. Athens seniors Miranda Huddleston and Riley Ridgeway have accepted scholarship offers at UAH in Huntsville. They will join Klaire Philips and Grace Morgan, who graduated from AHS last year and are currently on the team.
East Limestone’s Bristol Countess will sign with Georgia Gwinnet College in Lawrenceville, Ga. The school competes in an extremely competitive NAIA college soccer division. Countess will sign at 11 a.m. at the school.
Also signing letters of intent today are a pair of local cross-country runners. Athens’ Tate Carden and Elkmont Tyler Helms will both sign with UNA.