Garrett, Lawson and Moss sign letters of intent
by LaVonte Young
Feb 05, 2014 | 2003 views |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MUNFORD –For Monteo Garrett, Tavon Lawson and Earl Moss, their dreams of playing college football became a reality on Wednesday morning as they signed their National Letters of Intent in the Munford High School cafeteria.

Garrett signed with Jones College in Mississippi, Lawson signed with University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and Moss signed with Miles College.

“They deserve it,” Munford head coach Will Wagnon said. “I am excited for them. It is bittersweet for me, because I am done coaching them and that was one of the most favorable things was to coach them guys. When we finished in the semifinals it was heartbreaking because it was over, but just knowing that I wasn’t going to see them guys and be out there with them guys every day because they were a joy to coach. They will be a blessing for somebody else.”

While giving a speech on Wednesday, Garrett became overwhelmed with emotion as he realized that his hard work and dedication has paid off.

“It is an honor,” Garrett said. “I am blessed to be in this situation. When I got up there to say my speech I felt kind of emotional about the situation. I cried on my way down the road this morning, because this is one of my dreams. I have always dreamed of this since I was playing junior high football. For me to be in this situation like it was a blessed moment and emotional moment for me. I remember my father and my step father telling me the last two National Signing Days in 2012 and 2013 they want to see me sign. They always told me that I had the ability, that I was smart and that I can do a lot of things that other kids can do, but are you willing to give the effort for it. So that is why I felt emotional, because it was like a dream come true and I thought it was a real blessed situation for me.”

The dual threat quarterback played a major role in the Munford Lions going 12-2 this season and advancing to the semifinals. This season, Garrett earned honorable mention All-State honors in Class 4A. The senior quarterback threw for 1,908 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. He also rushed for over 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground.

Garrett said getting the opportunity to play as a freshman played a major role in his decision to sign with Jones College.

“I choose Jones over a couple of universities,” Garrett said. “I choose them over Murray State, Western Kentucky and Alabama State. I’ve always looked up to Cam Newton as a role model. This past year, I was kind of looking up to Nick Marshall. When I saw what Cam Newton did at Auburn and seeing other players jump to a university you have great players that did the same thing as you in high school, so that doesn’t mean that you are going to go there and start. I hold that as motivation from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took when he was in college. Newton won a championship down there (Blinn) and at Auburn. He won the Heisman and was the No.1 draft pick, so I used that as motivation. I feel that I can do the same thing. I want to go to Jones and have a great season down there. I want to try to lead them to a championship. I always wanted to win a championship; I tried to lead my high school team to the championship last year. I want to lead us to a championship and transfer to a University. That is what motivates me.”

Wagnon said he has seen a lot growth and development in Garrett’s game since starting his first game as a freshman. As a sophomore he only threw eight touchdowns, as a junior that number increased to 20 touchdowns and this season he threw for 22 touchdowns.

“Monteo grew so much as a quarterback, he actually matured as a football player and he trained to be as good as he was with awesome athletic ability,” Wagnon said. “He bought in to training hard and doing what we asked. It paid off for him. He was very successful and one of the better quarterbacks to ever play the position in high school football.”

Tavon Lawson signed with Football Championship Subdivision’s University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Lawson said UTC felt like a home away from home.

“I love it, it felt right to me,” Lawson said. “I love all the coaches: Coach (Marcus) West, (Head) Coach (Russ) Huesman and Coach (Adam) Braithwaite made it feel like home away from home.”

In his senior season, he recorded over 50 tackles, five force fumbles and an interception. He said that the Mocs are getting a player that’s going to work hard and do whatever the coaches ask of him.

“They are getting a good football player,” Lawson said. “I am going to go work hard, play my role and do whatever Coach Huesman needs me to do whether that means starting at safety, return guy or just playing special teams. Whatever they need me to do that is what I am going to do.”

UTC head coach Russ Huesman is elated about Lawson joining the program. He believes that Lawson has the ability make an impact in the secondary and as a returner.

“Tae is really good,” Huesman said. “Him and Tae Davis (of Oxford) in the secondary is huge for us. The one thing about Tae Lawson is his return game. I think he had 10 kicks or punts returned for touchdowns this year. He is a very explosive player and I am really excited about him. Marcus West did a great job of recruiting him and his family. We are excited. The last week of recruiting a Big 10 school (Minnesota) came in and offered him and Tae hung in there with us and we are so happy that he did.”

“Tavon is an outstanding young man and great to coach,” Wagnon said. “He brought it every day and that is the things about Tavon, there was never a day that he wasn’t the same. Every day you got the same out of Tavon. A lot of players have ups and downs, but there were no ups and downs he was the same no matter what the situation was.”

Earl Moss signed with Mile College as a defensive end. A few years ago, Moss didn’t really see signing as a possibility.

“My first couple of years here I didn’t think I would be here making these types of decisions,” Moss said. “My junior year I made the decision that I wanted to go to college and play football- I made it happen.”

Moss went on an official visit to Miles in January. He said he was impressed with what he saw during the visit.

“It was a last minute thing, they called me a couple of Saturdays ago and they wanted me to come on an official visit,” Moss said. “I like what I saw; it is a nice college, the academics and stuff seem since.”

This season, Moss recorded 36 tackles, including eight for a loss, and three sacks. Moss made several big plays against JO Johnson in the third round of the playoffs. The senior tipped several passes late to help the Lions secure a 10-8 win.

“Earl is a great guy and a great football player,” Wagnon said. “He grew so much from freshman year. He got real aggressive and he was able to be an outstanding defensive end.”