While the letter is an agreement between an athlete and a team, it is also a signal of a student continuing their education.
“We’re very proud of them. Both AnnaLeah and Dresden are good students and their hard work in the classroom, along with their God-given talents on the field, have paid off for them. We try to stress to all our student-athletes that academics have to be a priority. It’s good to see two kids that work so hard in the classroom be rewarded for that, as well as their hard work on the various fields they play on,” Central Athletic Director and head football coach Grant Chesnut said.
Thornton is a 5-foot-11 defensive back that was a Second-Team All-Region 4-AAA performer for Chesnut this season as the Lions returned to the state playoffs.
“We’re excited for Dresden. Coach [Daryl] Dickey does a great job and this is the second year in a row we’ve had someone West Georgia thought was good enough to come play for them. We’re excited to send Dresden over to team up with Steven Person, who signed with them last year,” Chesnut said.
Deese will join her sister, Ashlynn, on the soccer field this fall, as she will join new head coach Chris Davidovicz for the 2013 season.
“We’re excited that both of them are able to stay here in Carrollton and go to West Georgia. I know West Georgia recently hired a new soccer coach, and I know AnnaLeah is excited about that. She’s also joining her sister on that team who signed with West Georgia last year,” Chesnut said.
And with both signing locally, the Central community can continue to watch Deese and Thornton grow on and off the field.
“We’re very excited and very proud of them and excited to be able to watch them play in the future,” Chesnut said.
Several other local coaches said that while they did not have any athletes sign on Wednesday, they expect to have some sign by the end of the recruiting period.