BRISTOL — Alex Marlowe showcased his versatility on the football field at Liberty County.
Now it’s up to the coaching staff at Clark Atlanta University to determine what to do with him.
Marlowe signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to play football with the Panthers, a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II. Clark Atlanta finished its fall campaign 2-8 overall and 1-6 in the conference.
“Alex is a really good athlete,” Liberty County coach Grant Grantham said. “He placed in the triple jump at state in track. He played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, safety and corner (in football). He played a lot of positions. He was all-state as a utility defensive player, and he made all-region as a utility offensive player. He can play anywhere, and they’re still not decided. They’re still fighting over whether he’s going to play offense or defense.”
Marlowe came into his own this past fall as a senior for the Bulldogs, and he contributed mightily to his team’s run to the Class 1A state semifinals and a 10-3 overall record. Grantham and his coaching staff moved Marlowe out of the quarterback position to free up room for incoming transfer Dustin Watson, and that decision paid off for all involved. Marlowe was freed up to make plays with his legs instead of his arm, and Liberty County’s offense consequently became more explosive.
“He definitely carried himself a little differently,” Grantham said. “He played quarterback as a junior, and it was his first year as a starter. He got hurt early, also. I think it goes back to playing all sports and doing everything. He’s improved so much in track as far as his running ability, and he broke more runs this year and didn’t get caught from behind.”
Marlowe stands 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. Grantham said he expects Marlowe will add weight to his frame now that he won’t have to stay lean for basketball and track.
“He’ll continue to get bigger and stronger,” Grantham said. “He was a small kid as a ninth-grader, and I don’t think he’s through growing. … He’s a hard worker, and that’s probably the No. 1 thing. He’s been a very hard worker for four years here. He came in and was a skinny kid with some ability. He’s become one of the strongest players I’ve had in the weight room.”
Grantham said Watson, lineman Jesse Williams and wingback Michael Robinson are in the mix for college scholarships but haven’t signed anywhere.
PSJ’s Worley signs with Faulkner University
PORT ST. JOE — Tyler Worley didn’t give playing college football much thought until a letter arrived midway through his senior season at Port St. Joe.
That letter was from Faulkner University, an NAIA school in Montgomery, Ala.
“They asked me to take a visit and I went up on Homecoming weekend,” said Worley, 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. “They had a nice facility and great coaches.”
Worley, who sprouted five inches and 60 pounds during high school, signed a letter of intent to become an Eagle next year.
“I’m very excited,” Worley said. “I never thought I’d get the chance to play college ball. Now I need to just keep working hard in the weight room, get bigger and stronger.”
That Worley was provided the opportunity to play college football few were willing to predict even two years ago, his former coaches, from peewee to high school varsity, attested.
As his high school position coach, Kesley Colbert said, Worley progressed from “absolutely horrible” to “terrible” during his freshman year on the scout team.
But as he grew, Colbert said, the light bulb went off.
“It kind of transcends football, you see a young man grow up, you see a young man understand about team,” Colbert said. “It’s not just about football, but about believing in yourself and putting everything into it.
“He never got discouraged. You could see him grow week to week, month to month. He became a football player. He became the mainstay of our line. And as good a football player as he is, Tyler Worley is a better person.” — Tim Croft