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Buford head football coach Bryant Appling introduces players. Photo by Alicia Payne.

Seven senior football players were celebrated in a signing ceremony Tuesday evening, Dec. 20, at the Buford High School Performing Arts Center. During this ceremony, each athlete signed a national letter of intent to play for a college selected from scholarship offers they have received during their high school careers.

Family, friends, coaches and staff all gathered to commend the athletes for their accomplishments. Head football coach Bryant Appling introduced each player and gave a short speech of their achievements and information on the college they had selected.

Alabama commit Justice Haynes celebrates with his father, Vernon Haynes. Photo by Alicia Payne.

The football players from the Class of 2023 who signed letters of intent on Tuesday were Christian Butler, St. Augustine’s University; Justice Haynes, University of Alabama; Aiden Jeter, Fordham University; Ryan McKinnis, Appalachian State University; Paul Mubenga, Louisiana State University; Alijah Williams, Bowling Green State University; and Dylan Wittke, Virginia Tech.

Since 2009, 202 football players have gone on to play football on scholarship at the collegiate level. Buford football alumni have played at colleges across the nation from the SEC to the ACC to the Big 10. A couple of alumni have even been part of national championship teams over the years.

FEATURED PHOTO:  Buford football staff celebrate their players’ college choices at a signing ceremony held Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, at the BHS Performing Arts Center. Photo by Alicia Payne.

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