Four student athletes in Bulloch County signed official letters of intent this week with a variety of schools, and a couple different sports.
Bulloch Academy clay target shooter J.T. Osborne got things started Monday morning as he signed a letter of intent to join the Alabama Crimson Tide shooting team
“I travel around the country shooting, and I knew Alabama had a good shotgun team so I reached out to them,” Osborne said. “I wanted to stay in the south and stay kind of near my home. It’s only one state away.
“If you have the opportunity to represent the University of Alabama, who wouldn’t want to be a part of that,” Osborne said. “If you are lucky enough to wear something that says roll tide, that is pretty special.”
The football signing for out area players began Monday morning with two of Bulloch County’s best signing with Mercer University. Statesboro linebacker Chris Hill, and Bulloch Academy quarterback Don Aaron.
“It’s great to see all the support of everyone who came out today,” said Aaron. “I’m very thankful for this opportunity. I went up there and I really loved the school. It’s a great academic school, and I want to go to med school, and they have a great program.”
“I really liked coach Bobby Lamb,” Aaron said. “The football program has come a long way in the past couple of years, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to fight for a spot.”
While Aaron made his decision a while ago, for Hill a visit this week helped sell him on Mercer.
“It’s a very prestigious school, and I’m so excited,” said Hill. “I was blessed to go on a visit there this past weekend, and I loved the campus.”
“I heard Don Aaron was going there too, it will be nice to know a few players there,” Hill said. “Caleb Dowden is there, and he played with me, and I also know DeAndre Johnson who is a running back and played for coach Kaiser at Tattnall County.”
Rounding things out was C.J. Coney of Southeast Bulloch, who played on both sides of the ball for the Yellow Jackets, but will stick to the defensive side of the ball at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg Kentucky.
“It’s a lot to take in today,” said Coney. “It was a dream to play football in college, and now I’m on my way to make it happen.”
“I really enjoyed the campus, it was a small town feel like I’m used to,” Coney said. “I really hit it off well with their coach. He said he wants me to concentrate on playing defensive back up there.”