After helping Grovetown make school history on the gridiron, D’Angelo Durham and Greggory Rodgers are taking their talent to the NCAA Division I level.
On Wednesday, Durham signed an offer to play for Savannah State University, while Rodgers will play for Jacksonville University.
“I’m just savoring the experience,” Rodgers said. “It’s my dream to play college football.”
Durham and Rodgers helped the Warriors reach new heights the past two seasons. In 2016, Grovetown went 5-6 and advanced to the state playoffs for the first time in school history. In the fall, the Warriors went 7-5, winning their first state playoff game and setting a record for wins in a season.
Durham and Rodgers were a big part of Grovetown’s success, especially in 2017. Durham rushed for more than 1,000 yards. Rodgers led the area with 146 tackles, including 11 for a loss.
“They’ve been tremendous leaders for us,” Grovetown coach Damien Postell said. “One-hundred and forty-six tackles and over 1,000 yards rushing. Them accomplishing that gave them the opportunity to play at the next level.”
Rodgers is joining a Jacksonville team that plays on the NCAA Division I FCS level in the Pioneer Football League. Last year, the Dolphins went 7-4.
Durham posted 1,109 yards in 12 games, setting a school mark for rushing yards in a season. He also added 19 rushing touchdowns in his senior campaign. In the past two seasons at Grovetown, Durham rushed for 1,800 yards and combined for 25 rushing touchdowns.
Now, he joins a Savannah State team that competes on the FCS level in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Tigers went 3-8 overall in 2017, but they also won three of their eight conference games.
“I’m excited I get a chance to perform at the next level and get an education,” Durham said, adding he chose Savannah State because of its coaching staff and other factors. “I like the environment. It’s an upcoming program. I just wanted to be a part of a new era.”