Editor’s note: Every month during 2020, The Walton Tribune is taking a look back at some of the top sports stories of the past decade. this story originally ran on Feb. 6, 2011.
It turned out to be a banner year for Walton County football players as nine signed college scholarships Wednesday with possibly more to follow.
For the first time in school history, Monroe Area High School will have at least six football players moving on to the college ranks.
Five players inked scholarships during ceremonies in the MAHS Media Center. A sixth, Stephon Tuitt, a five-star player who wavered on his commitment to the Irish a couple of weeks ago, has signed with Notre Dame and held his signing ceremony Friday morning.
Tuitt, a defensive end, made 68 tackles, 44 assists, four caused fumbles, one recovered fumble, 11 sacks, 15 tackles for loss, returned a fumble for a touchdown and blocked a punt.
“The Notre Dame signing proved his value,” said Monroe Area head coach Matt Fligg. “Stephon is a true student-athlete on the field and off.”
Quarterback Demontevious Smith, who ended the 2010 season as the leading rusher in the state among quarterback with 1,799 yards, will be attending Georgia Tech.
“The Tech folks finally woke up,” said Fligg. “I’ve been telling them for two years they need Demond because he can play so many positions.”
Smith averaged 9.9 yards per carry and had 20 runs of more than 50 yards. He scored 23 touchdowns.
Tre’Shard Burdette signed with Georgia Southern after rushing for 1,673 yards from his fullback position in the Purple Hurricanes’ spread option offense. Burdette averaged 8.4 yards per carry and scored 20 touchdowns.
“By the end of the season, Tre’ was the best running back in the state of Georgia and Southern is getting a great one,” Fligg said.
Mike Hendricks, Cha Martin and Quan Rivers signed scholarship offers with Campbellsville University in Kentucky.
Three Loganville Red Devils have qualified for the next level. Running back Mykel Wyyet will be attending Tusculum (a Division II school in the South Atlantic Conference) in Greeneville, Tenn. Wyyet ran for 839 yards last fall and scored 11 touchdowns. He did not lose a fumble.
“Mykel does a great job of always finding a way to make a play,” said Loganville coach Eric Godfree. “His feet never stop moving and his great forward lean has allowed him to make our All-Region team the past two seasons.
Wide receiver/defensive back Sam Jones signed with Brevard College, a Division II school in North Carolina and a member of the South Atlantic Conference.
As a senior at LHS, Jones caught 27 passes for 378 yards and three touchdowns. On defense he made 30 tackles with five pass break-ups, two interceptions. Jones returned two of those for touchdowns.
“Sam started on both sides of the ball and made a living of making difficult catches,” Godfree said.
Defensive back Brandon O'Rourke inked a pact with LaGrange College, a Division III school.
“I am very proud of Sam, Brandon and Mykel,” Godfree said. “It’s a great honor to have players signing scholarships on national signing day to play college football. They will all represent Loganville well. I look forward to seeing their success at that next level.”