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Ware Trio Signs Early, Share Moment

By BJ Bennett
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Trey Cobb, Ernest Jones and Jalynn Strickland head in different directions with similarly-impressive resumes.

For one of south Georgia's top prep programs, college football's new early signing period came like Christmas morning. Ware County trio Trey Cobb, Ernest Jones and Jalynn Strickland all signed their letters of intent on Wednesday, inking with Appalachian State, South Carolina and North Carolina State, respectively. Even as highly-touted college prospects, the three high school teammates shared the stage as one, celebrating their accomplishments together. 

Impressively, Cobb, Jones and Strickland will all enroll early as student-athletes at the next level.

A dynamic defender who can play defensive end or outside linebacker, Cobb compiled 107 total tackles and four sacks for the Gators this fall, adding eleven sacks the year prior. His versatility comes with options as Cobb has the type of athleticism top teams covet. He joins the Mountaineers over offers from the likes of Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Central Florida, among others. 

In terms of transition, Cobb is ready to settle in. 

"I feel like I'm going back home. It's a small town, that is what I'm used to," Cobb explained. "The facilities, the coaches, everything was great. I was all App."

Jones joins the Gamecocks as a prototypical middle-of-the-field defender who chose South Carolina over multiple other ACC and SEC offers. He paced Ware with 112 total stops, also totaling six tackles for loss and three forced fumbles, playing with a notable sideline-to-sideline range. At 6'2'', 218 pounds, Jones plays with a dynamic combination of agility and awareness.

For Jones, a team-first feeling proved to be the difference.

"It's a brotherhood there, you can definitely feel that. When I was on my official visit, that is all they talked about, the brotherhood, so you know you are going to be well taken care of," Jones nodded. "It's going to be great."

The 6'6'' Strickland joined the Wolfpack when it looked like, early in the process, Arkansas might have been a potential favorite. North Carolina State is getting an all-state lineman who certainly looks the part, as Strickland is poised to add more weight to his ideal frame and has a wingspan of nearly seven feet. He helped Ware, a program known for its physicality, average over 5.5 yards per carry in 2017.

Start to finish for the future left tackle, the process has been a poignant one.

"It's a day to remember, I just prayed for it. It's the best college in my opinion," Strickland smiled. "I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be a great time."

Cobb, Jones and Strickland head in different directions with similarly-impressive resumes.

"It's going to be hard at the beginning, but South Georgia boys, we adjust real good," Jones added.

For three great players came one special morning. The future, for Cobb, Jones and Strickland, starts now.

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Trey Cobb, Appalachian State

Ernest Jones, South Carolina

Jalynn Strickland, NC State

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