New players say GCCC is their choice
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
By J. LEVI BURNFIN
The annual signing day for the average college football fan is a day of hope as hundreds of the most gifted players from around the country sign Letters of Intent to play at many different schools at many different levels of play, from Division I or II to junior college to NAIA.
For Garden City Community College on Wednesday, it was unclear how the first day of official signings went for the Broncbusters.
The college did not release a list of signees on Wednesday.
However, several players did announce their commitment to play for the Broncbusters on Twitter and other various social media sites.
Head coach Matt Miller and his assistants went back to the same high school that produced Brandon Snell and Akeem Jones — two players who signed with the Busters before last season — to sign Miami, Fla., Carol offensive lineman Richardson Eugene.
The 6-foot-6 left tackle said that Jones and Snell were big reasons why he wanted to come to Garden City.
"I looked up to them because I felt like they were going down the right path," Eugene said in a telephone interview on Wednesday night after signing his letter earlier in the day. "I was real impressed with Akeem Jones."
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound left tackle will vie for the job to protect Jones' blindside in 2014 as Jones is expected to return at quarterback for the Busters.
"I had like a bunch of schools, a bunch of JCs trying to get at me," Eugene said. "But I have a good chance to be able to play at Garden City."
The Busters also picked up three commitments from Warner Robins, Ga., in Jermaine Abron, Keon Seabrooks, both from Warner Robins High School, and Thomas Brown from Northside High School in Warner Robins.
Abron is a 6-3, 295-pound three-star offensive lineman, according to 247sports.com.
"My goal is to go out there and put Warner Robins on the map," Abron told The Macon Telegraph of Macon, Ga. "We want to show them that these two kids from Warner Robins went out there, put in work and moved to a four-year school."
Abron's teammate, Seabrooks, is listed as a 6-3, 245-pound defensive end.
Meanwhile, Brown is a 6-foot, 215-pound outside linebacker.
Possibly switching from safety at the high school level to outside linebacker at GCCC will be Ardmore, Okla., safety Carter Swanson, who said his ambition to eventually sign with a Division I program brought him to GCCC.
"I took my visit (at GCCC) and really liked it," the 6-3, 180-pound Swanson said in a telephone interview on Wednesday night. "And I saw the players they were sending to D-I and that was the main reason."
Swanson said he settled on GCCC after his visit on Jan. 4.
Rounding out the known out-of-state signings are DeQuan Ware, a 6-1, 175-pound safety from Harrisburg, Pa.; and Nick Baker, a 5-10, 185-pound defensive back and running back from Newton-Conover, N.C.
In-state signings are headlined by Ulysses offensive lineman AJ Erives and place kicker Jorge Mendez.
"Garden City has always recruited us hard," Ulysses head coach Jason Kenny said in a telephone interview on Wednesday about why GCCC was a good fit for Erives and Mendez. "We've sent them some good kids over the years, and parents will have a chance to see them play."
Erives played left tackle for the run-heavy Ulysses offense in the 2013 season at 6-2 and 255 pounds. However, Kenny said he would not be surprised if Erives moved inside on the line at the junior college level.
Meanwhile, the 5-10, 185-pound Mendez connected on 41-of-43 extra points during his senior season, according to Kenny, and was 4 of 7 on field goals with a long of 42.
Two more in-state commits along the offensive line were Junction City's Jay Brime and Chris Franklin, according to the duo's Twitter pages.
Also committed are Garden City High School's Dusty Tempel, 5-11, 170-pound wide receiver, Hutchinson's Nathan Fairbanks, a 6-3, 274-pound tight end and defensive end, and Quintavian Hill, a 5-10, 255-pound defensive lineman from Salina Central, according to KansasSports.com.
Dan Delgado, GCCC sports information director, said that a full list of commits will be released early next week.
Head coach Matt Miller was not available for comment on Wednesday.
Busters moving on
Garden City Community College postponed Wednesday's signing ceremony to 2 p.m. today due to the weather.
At the ceremony, five Broncbusters are expected to be honored for signing their letters of intent to Division I universities.
Linebacker Errol Clarke signed with the University of Central Florida; linebacker D'Vonta Derricott signed with Kansas State; defensive lineman Dondre Elvoid signed with Texas State; Lee Johnson signed with Texas State; and Tysheen Bryant signed with Bethune-Cookman.
The signees add to the list of Broncbusters moving on to the next level, which includes Tyreek Hill signing with Oklahoma State, Wonderful Terry at Western Kentucky and Dontavius Blair at Tennessee.