Griffin High running back Buck Hancock (center, front) signs a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday at the Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church in Griffin to play football next season at Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan. Accompanying Hancock during a brief signing ceremony were from front row, left: Friend and teammate Octavious Brownlee, mom Trina Freeman, niece Kahmauri Barkley, grandmother Margaret Tyler and friend Meredith Beck Jr. Back row, from left: Teammate and friend Brandon Williamson, Rising Star Pastor Gerod Duff and teammate and friend Dontre Morris. Not pictured, dad Darrin Hancock Sr. (John Sullivan/Daily News)
Spalding High’s Lauren Barlow (center, left) signs a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday at SHS to play soccer next season at Mercer University in Macon. Accompanying Barlow during a brief signing ceremony from front row, left: Dad Jim Barlow, mom Trisha Barlow and sister Leah Barlow. Back row, from left: SHS Principal Derrell Jeffcoat, former Monroe Academy girls and current SHS boys coach Scott Henderson, Georgia Futbol Club Silverbacks coach Jose Vivanco, SHS girls coach Wayne Gardner and SHS athletic director Jeff Hyland. (John Sullivan/Daily News)
Spalding High’s Willie Hamm (center, right) signs a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday at SHS to play football next season at Clark Atlanta University. Accompanying Hamm during a brief signing ceremony from front row, left: Recruiter Derrick Tagle, mom Pat Hamm and grandmother Betty Head. Middle row, from left: Nephew Keyshon Tyrese Bowden, niece Nevaeh Bowden, sister Edwina Bowden and sister Willeah Hamm. Back row, from left: SHS Principal Derrell Jeffcoat, SHS defensive coordinator Dale Wiggins; SHS assistant coach James Thomas and SHS head coach Clint Ashmore. Not pictured, the late Willie Hamm Sr. (John Sullivan/Daily News)
National Signing Day saw three local athletes — Griffin High football player Buck Hancock, Spalding High football player Willie Hamm and Spalding High soccer player Lauren Barlow — sign National Letters of Intent to play collegiate athletics next fall.
Hancock, a preseason All-Region 4-AAAA selection at running back, inked Tuesday with Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kan.
Hancock helped the Griffin Bears reach the Class AAAA state semifinals as a junior and again as a senior. As a senior he led the team in yards rushing (885) and touchdowns (17) while being named to the Griffin Daily News All-County Team.
Hancock will attend the same school his father Darrin Hancock Sr. — a former Mr. Georgia in basketball before embarking on an NBA career — attended years earlier.
Barlow, the first of the locals to sign Tuesday, will join former high school teammate Patricia-Anne Upson next fall at NCAA Division I Mercer University.
Former Spalding High football and basketball standout Willie Hamm also signed a letter of intent to play college football at Clark Atlanta University this fall.
Two former Griffin High athletes, Tank Sessions and Markeith Ambles, also signed National Letters of Intent Tuesday at their current high schools.
Sessions, a senior at Columbia High, signed to play football at Florida State, while Markeith Ambles, a senior wide receiver at Henry County, chose to sign with Southern California.
Several other local seniors expected to sign at a later date include: Brandon Williamson, Cartavious Woods, Dontre Morris, Demetrius Williams, Marcus Waller and Denarius Appling from Griffin High; Demarcus “Scoop” Allen, Will Jeffcoat, Casey Chafin, Zae Fuller and Grayson Jones from Spalding; Josh Robinson, Trey Epperson and Gralon Head from Griffin Christian as well as Ty Reeves from Skipstone.