National Signing Day

Football Foursome Accept College Offers

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National Signing Day

Mackens Mitil, Staff Writer

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Four Pioneer football players celebrated National Signing Day on Feb. 7 by formally signing to play for a college. Wide receiver Marcus Taylor, defensive end Connor Parks, athlete Darvion Bailey, and linebacker Lawarren Meadows gathered in the gym to announce their college plans.

“It’s an honor,” Parks said, “Not many people have this opportunity. I had to work a lot of hours in the gym and on the field.”

Parks signed to play for Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Parks came to Oak Ridge as a senior with a big reputation for tackling quarterbacks. His 6-foot-5 frame makes him a menace to opposing offensive lineman. Parks had verbally agreed to attend Purdue, a Big Ten school, but he dropped his verbal agreement this winter.

Taylor signed with Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. The speedy Taylor set school records in the fall for touchdowns in a game when he scored six times.

“It feels great,” Taylor said of the end of the recruitment process. “It’s like a big weight lifted off my shoulders.”

Bailey, who came to Oak Ridge in the fall and immediately grabbed the starting quarterback job, signed with Middle Georgia State University in Macon.

Meadows signed with Webber University in Babson Park.