By James Butler
MCDONOUGH Ga. – In the midst of an impressive year athletically speaking, Eagle’s Landing High saw four student-athletes sign Letters of Intent during Wednesday’s morning’s National Signing Day ceremonies.
Martell Waugh, Emmett Sherrod, and Antonio Gibson (pictured left to right) signed LOI’s from the Eagles’ football team and girls soccer player Mikella Rodriguez also signed.
“It’s a blessing, Waugh said. “Not many people get to do it, and my dad always told me no matter where you go, you got to show out. That’s what I plan to do.”
The 6-foot-1, 275-pound defensive tackle nicknamed “Bull” will continue his football career at Elon.
Eagle’s Landing all-state wide receiver Antonio Gibson also made official his post-high school destination when he signed with Mississippi’s East Central Community College.
Gibson chose the junior college to increase his academic profile so that he will be ready for a four-year school in a couple of years.
“It’s a tougher route than most people [go],” Gibson said.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder, who also stars on Eagle’s Landing state-contending basketball team has his plan at East Central already set.
“Ball out for two years, get my grades right and then transfer from there,” he said.
Gibson had interest from Georgia, North Carolina, and Indiana among others.
“Antonio’s just a special kid,” Eagle’s Landing head basketball coach Elliott Montgomery said. “We’ve had him since the ninth grade and he’s very, very special. I’m just happy he had the opportunity to go to college for free.”
Sherrod, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound tight end/defensive end prospect, signed with Birmingham Southern. Being able to play college football means a lot to Sherrod.
“It just means I can step up and show how I play and how I love the game,” Sherrod said. “Like Martell said it’s a blessing and I love it.”
“We begged for Emmett to come out and play basketball with us this year,” Montgomery said. “We tried our best, but he wouldn’t do it. We’re very, very proud of him being able to sign.”
Rodriguez, a center back in soccer, will continue her college career at Georgia State. Montgomery, who also coaches girls soccer, said he has a lot of respect for Rodriguez’s ability.
“Mikella is a hard worker, great kid,” Montgomery said. “She plays on a very good club team. We’re just privileged to have her. She works extremely hard and she wants to win. I think that’s the edge that gets her over. She really wants to win.”
For now she’s focused on the upcoming season, though while also thinking ahead to her future at Georgia State.
“I’m really excited to meet my new teammates,” Rodriguez said.