Media release: Berry College head football coach Tony Kunczewski announces the newcomers for the upcoming 2018 season. The group will join the now two-time Southern Athletic Association champions for the upcoming year, set to begin at home on Sept. 1 against Maryville. The class includes four student-athletes who played at area high schools.
“Our coaching staff did a tremendous job once again bringing in very strong talent on the field and in the classroom,” Kunczewski said. “We were pleased with how we did in our home state and also felt like we finally broke into some other areas we’ve worked hard in over the last couple years. We are so fortunate to be in arguably one of the best recruiting areas for high school football in the country. We are especially proud of how many guys are coming in here after serving as captains for their high school teams. That does not go unnoticed in our eyes. We feel confident this group will be a good fit at Berry with an exciting future.”
You can see all the recruits here; we’ve broken out the local players below.
- (LB, 5-11, 220, Armuchee High School)
- A local product out of Armuchee, Burkett joins the Vikings after four straight All-Area selections and three defensive MVP honors. Also a three-time All-Region selection, he was selected to the Northwest Georgia All-Star game during his senior year. Over his career, he collected 332 tackles, 24 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles.
- The son of Terri and Chad Burkett, J.C. plans to major in animal science.
- (WR, 6-3, 175, Cedartown, Unity Christian School)
- A local product competing for Unity Christian, Slaughter will join Berry after earning All-Region and All-State honors during his senior year. He had 67 reception for 1,105 yards and 22 touchdowns during his senior year and was selected to play in the 2018 GICAA State All-Star Game.
- The son of Ginger and Jason Slaughter, Janson plans to major in business.
- (WR, 5-11, 160, Pepperell High School)
- A standout local product out of Pepperell High School, Watkins joins the Vikings after three All-Region selections and a regional title during his junior year. Leading his team to a pair of state playoff appearances, Watkins was also selected to the Elite Classic All-Star game during his senior year when he served as a team captain.
- (DB, 5-10, 165, Taylorsville, North Cobb Christian School)
- An All-Region and Defensive Player of the Year selection at North Cobb Christian, Armstrong joins the Vikings after a strong career for the Eagles.
- The son of Tina and Charley Armstrong, Bailey plans to major in marketing.