11 Peach County football players sign letters of intent on National Signing Day

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FORT VALLEY, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Peach County didn’t have your average signing period on National Signing Day.

11 players from the football team all signed letters of intent to play at the next level. Some of them signed with D1 schools, others to D2 and community college. 

DONAVON MABRY
Faulkner University commit

“I played for this team called the Pirates. Like, a local team. A travel ball team. We had dreams and aspirations of playing at the next level,” said Mabry. “And today, half of my teammates signed early. Most of them signed today. And it’s just amazing to see all of our dreams come true.”

JAQUALIN MCGHEE
University of Arkansas commit

“I had to work for everything I got,” said McGhee.  “It’s a dream come true to attend an SEC school, get my education and pursue life to the fullest.”

XZAVIER WARD
Shorter University commit 

“I’m just glad all my boys can make it out instead of being out here in the streets,” said Ward. “Or just out, or in jail or something, and I’m just glad we can all make it.”

Years of hard work for these players has paid off and led to this very moment. However, this is only the beginning.

KAPIEN EVERETT
Faulkner University commit

“One of my goals, when I get to the next level — to get drafted, and help provide for my family and overall just do great.”

Peach County has one of the top high school football programs in the state. The coaching staff consistently helps players make the leap to the college level.

Some of the players explained why that is.

NIGEL MANNS
Western Carolina commit 

“It had to do with the coach, most definitely,” said Manns. “A lot of people get overlooked. Our coach makes sure we don’t get overlooked.”

JAYDON GIBSON
Fort Valley State University commit

“The coaches — very hard on us,” said Gibson. “They want us working hard all the time, studying film and being the greatest person we can be.”

BRYCE MCGUIRE
Fort Valley State University commit

“I guess it’s just tradition and how hard the coaches push us to do it,” said McGuire. “Everybody wants to play football so you have to put in the hard work for it, and you just have to grind every day at practice.

“That’s the reason why we’re so successful. First, it starts with the coaches and then it starts with us, our mentality and what we want to do.”

Peach County finished the regular season with a 9-1 overall record, 6-0 in region 4-AAA. The Trojans lost to Cedar Grove, 36-3, in the state quarterfinals.

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Montezz Allen joined 41NBC as a sports reporter in 2019. He was born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, Michigan, but spent seven years in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he worked as a Sports Anchor at NCTV17, a Sports/News Reporter at Urban Broadcast Media and an Assistant Producer at WBBM-AM Newsradio — the No. 1-ranked news radio station in Chicago. He also made frequent guest appearances on WCIU's "The Jam" and The D & Davis Sports Radio Show at "670 The Score." He graduated from Oakland University — located in Rochester, Mich. — where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2012 and then earned a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 2014. He's the first person out of his immediate family to achieve the feat of earning a college degree — let alone two of them. He's extremely proud of that. Tezz has a strong love for the game of basketball. He played most of his life. It's his passion. He admits that he's a Kobe Bryant fan and believes the "Black Mamba" is the second greatest player of ALL TIME, hands down. In his spare time, Montezz loves to workout, travel, shop for the latest fashion and spend time with his family. Tezz is excited to be in Middle Georgia, and is looking to tell the best sports stories he possibly can. Don't hesitate to hit him up at mallen@41nbc.com.