Ten LaGrange Grangers sign to play college football

Published 8:23 pm Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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LAGRANGE- With 10 total signees, LaGrange High School had the most football players put pen to paper of all the high schools in the county on national signing day. The 10 signees and the colleges they signed to are the following:

Tyjal Hixson- Fullerton College

Omarion (OJ) Johnson- Fullerton College

Tyreeq Carston- Fullerton College

Isaiah Jordan- Fullerton College

Jason Bishop- LaGrange College

Dontavious (Tae) Snead- New Mexico Military Institute

Tristan Smith- Hutchinson Community College

Montavious (Monta) Martin- University of West Georgia

Thaddeus Dixon Jr.- Savannah State University

Marquavious (Qua) Thornton- Tuskegee University

Fullerton, California will be adding some Georgia spice by getting an influx of LaGrange players.  

“It’s an honor and a privilege to coach these young men everyday,” said LaGrange Head Coach Matt Napier. “Their resolve, their mental fortitude has been tremendous.”

In December, 2020 the team lost a beloved member of the team Traveion “Trae” Cole. 

“As a class and as a team, we’ve been through so much; from the loss of friends and teammates to COVID almost ending our season,” said Tristan Smith.

For Tyreeq Carston, the chance to play at the next level was truly earned and not given.

“When we (Coach Napier) first came here, Tyreeq was not a starter for the team,” said Defensive Coordinator Thomas Cox. “He worked his tail off his junior year to take a senior’s spot to become a starter halfway through the season.”

While this senior class is dispersing across the nation, one member decided to stay right here in Troup County and suit up in red and black. 

“I’m blessed to say that I will be furthering my education at LaGrange College,” Jason Bishop said. 

Thaddeus Dixon Jr. and Qua Thornton have the distinct honor of attending two of the most prestigious HBCUs in the country in Savannah State and Tuskegee University.

“The man you will become is not finished, we’ve just got this process started for you,” Napier said. “What’s important to me is what kind of man you are to your family, what kind of man you are going to be to your community, and how you represent LaGrange, Georgia.”