EHS offensive linemen commit to Greensboro, Tusculum

Published 10:41 pm Thursday, February 4, 2021

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With one Cyclone senior football player already signing their name to play football at the collegiate level in terms of Cole Morganstern with the U.S. Air Force Academy on national college football signing day Wednesday, Elizabethton High School saw two more of the big men up front officially commit to playing at the next level.

February 3rd was a big day for colleges across the nation as hundreds of high-level high school athletes would sign their names to play at various Division One, Two, and Three schools throughout the country.

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And the same could be said about two athletes from Elizabethton High School, Wesley Erwin and Colby Garland.

Erwin, who signed his national letter of intent to play at Greensboro College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Garland who signed to play for the Pioneers at Tusculum University, are part of both the 2019 and 2020 Cyclone football teams that amassed a 30-game win streak and brought two state titles back home to Elizabethton.

Before the two put the pen on the paper, head football coach Shawn Witten spoke to all those in attendance.

“It all comes down to the effort that these guys put in. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys, they’ve worked unbelievably hard throughout their time here and that has made all the difference.”

While the two may have signed to play for two different schools, Erwin shared a story about how he came to be a member of the Greensboro Pride.

“The coaches were looking at Colby (Garland) and watching his game film when they saw me. So he helped me out by sending their coaching staff my contact info. So one thing led to another and now we’re here today.”

As for the experience of signing to play at the next level, Erwin said, “This is something that you dream about your whole life, and to be able to experience this moment with one of my best friends (Garland) makes it so much sweeter. I’m super blessed to have him, my family, my coaches, all of my friends, and the fans that came out to support us on a day like today.”

As for Garland, his signing day experience was something he couldn’t wait for.

“Today’s been a very exciting day. I’ve been looking forward to putting the pen on that paper ever since I knew where I wanted to play and verbally committed to Tusculum. It’s just a blessing to see how many people were here and how many people came out to support us in our decisions.”

When asked if his achievements through high school made his signing day experience any different, Garland had a simple answer.

“Being a state champion and accomplishing what we did was great, but I know I’m not done yet, and I want to continue to work hard and strive to be the best I can be at any level I play in.

Congratulations to both of these superb athletes – there’s no doubt that both of these young men will be a force to be reckoned with no matter what level of football they are playing in.