A box of tissues made its way around a conference room this afternoon at Fox Creek High School. The small, Class A Division II program was seeing its first major college football signing as quarterback and safety Marty Williams committed to Clemson.
Hardly a dry eye saw it, including Williams, who used both of his large hands to wipe his face immediately after putting pen to paper.
“It just started to hit me,” he said. “It’s an emotional thing.”
The Predators have seen record-breaking success over the past two seasons, winning its first playoff game in 2010 and reaching the second round again in 2011 with Williams under center.
Williams played on both sides of the ball for the Predators, leading the defense from the secondary and calling the shots as the team’s starting quarterback.
Russ Schneider, the only head coach the program has known, said today’s signing was another milestone for the school.
“It is emotional, because you’re seeing the next step right here,” he said. “This is our first big football signing, and you hope it’ll encourage more kids to come out and play and get word out about the school and then answer that myth that you can’t play major college football out of Single-A.”