By Alicia Couch Payne

The community gathered to celebrate these 16 senior football players as they commit to play football at the collegiate level. Photo credit:  Alicia Couch Payne

The Buford community gathered at the Buford Arena today, April 28, 2019, to celebrate some of the most talented youth of Buford High School.  Sixteen senior football players were being celebrated for committing to play football at the collegiate level.

The celebration was originally scheduled in February when the original signing day was but the players opted to wait until their teammate, Derrian Brown could join them.  Derrian fell ill on January 31, 2019, and underwent surgery to remove a blood clot from his brain.  Derrian has fought hard to be able to join his teammates once again and everyone in the crowd cheered when he was announced.

Buford head football coach Bryant Appling recognized each senior player and told a bit about their high school football career, as well as, the college that they have committed to play for in the fall.  After the players were recognized, spirits were high as families and friends got in a photo opportunity or two with their favorite player.

The senior Buford football players that were honored are:

  • Derrian Brown – Texas
  • Davin Bryant – West Georgia
  • Carter Colquitt – Ole Miss
  • Ahmad Craig – Duke
  • Zane Harkness – Brigham Young
  • Jalar Holley – Miami
  • K.J. Johnson – Coastal Carolina
  • Noah Livingston – Richmond College
  • Dom Maggio – Lenoir-Rhyne
  • Reece McIntyre – Ole Miss
  • Harry Miller – Ohio
  • Clayton Nelson – Kennesaw State
  • Jack Scroggs – Wofford
  • Riley Simonds – Florida
  • Quentin Skinner – LSU
  • J.C. Vega – Georgia

Congratulations to these young men!  The support of their families, community, school, and coaching staff were instrumental in getting these players to the next level.  We wish these young men the very best as they will soon start a new chapter in their lives.

All photos credit:  Alicia Couch Payne

All photos credit:  Alicia Couch Payne

***Families of these senior players:  If you would like copies of these photos, please email Alicia Couch Payne at and she will be happy to share the photos with you.***
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