WINTERBORO, Ala. – Thursday was a big day for Winterboro High School as three seniors signed scholarships and letters of commitments to play football at the college level.
Cameron Borden signed a scholarship with Tennessee Valley Prep Sports Academy in Huntsville. Borden has played on varsity for three years, starting on defense for three years and on offense for two. Making honorable mention for All-County his first year playing motivated him to keep going and be a better athlete. Football has also helped him academically by being mentally strong.
“I chose Tennessee Valley Prep because they let me reevaluate myself from what I was missing from high school. The coaches are teaching me new things. I want to thank my coaches, family, God, and my friends for showing nothing but love through this process.” During his three years at Winterboro, Borden had 973 career yards and 12 touchdowns on offense. On defense, he had a school record for 17 interceptions. He also has 97 career quarterback hurries and 11 knockdowns.
Nyjavion Brown signed a certificate of commitment to the University of Mount Union in Ohio. He started on defense all four years of high school, and started on offense for three years. During this time, he had 2,713 career yards and 21 touchdowns on offense, and 117 career tackles and 9 sacks on defense.
Brown has played football since he was five years old. He played other sports when he was younger, but football came the most natural to him. He chose Mount Union because he felt love and support from the coaches and felt at home there. “I will bring heart, dedication, and leadership to the team because I lead by example,” said Brown. “I would like to thank my dad for giving me tough love. It made me better.”
Omar Dobbins signed a letter of commitment to play at Webber International University in Florida. He said he chose Webber because it is not too big and not too small, and felt like home. Dobbins has played varsity football since 9th grade He was the quarterback, receiver, cornerback. Dobbins’ new head coach recruited him as a receiver, but has since changed the position to defensive back.
“Coach Beckett was the first coach to give me a football. I played when I was younger, but Coach Beckett taught me to love it more and more.” Dobbins received his first offer in 11th grade, which kicked off his recruiting process. “It’s hard to get noticed when you’re from a small school, so it’s been a long, hard process. I would like to thank Coach Beckett because without him I would not have this opportunity. I’m thankful for my mom because she took me to every camp, every school no matter the cost. She did everything she could to get me to where I needed to be.” During his time at Winterboro, Dobbins had 11 catches, 9 touchdowns, and rushed for 263 yards on offense, and had 24 tackles and three interceptions on defense.
“We will miss everything about them,” said Head Coach Bobby Beckett. “They are great guys. Nyjay is a great running back. He never turns down a hit. He’s a leader, and he never came off the field or he would have had better stats on offense and defense. Cam is unbelievable. He’s 4th all time in state history with 24 interceptions. Whatever we asked, he was ready to go. Omar was not a quarterback, but we didn’t have one his senior year. He stepped in and had a great year. They all had a great impact on the team, and I am looking for great things in their future.”