Sylacauga duo signs Division I scholarships
by LAVONTE YOUNG
SYLACUGA- The Sylacauga Aggies brought their entire student body into the auditorium on Wednesday morning to witness TJ Green sign a letter of intent to play football at Clemson and Brett Medforth sign a letter of intent to play football at Troy University on National Signing Day.

“Anytime a kid has an opportunity to play on the next level it is real exciting for the school,” Sylacauga head coach Matt Griffith said. “Especially with both of them being Division I guys, it doesn’t happen much. Brett is the first lineman in 31 years to go Division I. TJ is the first major signee in ACC/SEC since John Hand. We are tickled to death for them. They have been given god given ability, they work hard, they played on a good football team and we are happy for them.”

Green committed to Clemson as an athlete after his official visit on Jan 27. He said it was a great feeling to sign his scholarship and become an official Clemson Tiger.

“It feels good to know that I am going to play football for Clemson and better myself for the future,” Green said.

Green verbally committed to UAB to play wide receiver this past Thanksgiving.

Medforth verbally committed to Troy last summer. The offensive lineman said he is ready to get down there and make an immediate impact.

“It feels really good to do in front of the whole student body,” Medforth said. “You have 700 or 800 people in here doing that. I am ready to get on the field, get in the weight room and get some work done. I am going to work real hard and hopefully, get on the field as soon as I can.”

Green had a stellar senior season for Sylacauga. As a receiver, he caught 23 passes for 455 yards and six touchdowns.

He returned three kickoffs for a touchdown and a punt for a touchdown. As a safety, he had six interceptions, including one for a touchdown.

The 6-foot-3 185-pound athlete had several offers from Division I program such as: Cincinnati, Kentucky, Auburn, Western Kentucky, Southern Mississippi and Troy.

“If a school really wants you to come they are going to offer you when they first see you instead of waiting for some one to offer you, so that was the biggest thing about it,” Green said.

Medforth was an All-State right guard for the Aggies in his senior season. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman averaged seven pancake blocks per game.

“They are hoping that I can either play guard or tackle,” Medforth said. “They said left side or right side where ever I can play the fastest is where they are going to put me, that the way they like to do things, they don’t go by if you are a right guard you are going to play right guard until somebody gets hurt. If you are right guard, you are going to play left tackle if someone gets hurt if you are the next man up. You have to learn all positions.”

Green is the second player from Talladega County to sign with Clemson in the last four years. He said the fans in Death Valley can expect him to come there and work hard to be the best student/athlete he can be.

“They can expect a better player than I was in high school,” Green said. “I am going to develop and get better.”

During the ceremony, Griffith thanked the faculty for making this day possible for his student/athletes. He expects both of his players to do well academically as well on the playing field.

“TJ had a 20 or 21 on his ACT and a 3.0 or above grade point average,” Griffith said. “Brett does really well in his classes. He has been in honors and advanced his whole career. We are excited for both of them. They are both going to be good academic students as well as athletes.”

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