Pensacola football, swimming and diving, basketball players head to college
The latest group of Pensacola-area athletes have taken the next step in their athletic careers by signing their respective letters of intent to play collegiately.
Here is an overview of the athletes who signed their commitments at the end of March and the beginning of April.
Jeremy Jarman, LS, Escambia
Alabama State University
The Gators long snapper heads north three hours after signing with Division I from Alabama State University. Playing out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, the Hornets finished with a 5-6 record last season.
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Located in Montgomery, Alabama, ASU is considered one of the best historically black colleges and universities in the country according to US News.
For the past three seasons, Jarman has been a key cog in Escambia’s special teams unit. He made four total tackles during his season.
Davion Towns, WR, Escambia
Wisconsin Lutheran College
The 6-foot-4 senior has signed to play for Division III Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Hailing from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference, the Warriors finished with a 3-7 record last season.
Towns split time at wide receiver and tight end with the Gators in 2021. Serving as an edge blocker for Escambia’s powerful ground attack, the senior had three catches for 21 yards. Towns also landed a 51-yard touchdown pass in the Pensacola Sports All-Star Football game.
Ronald Booker, OL, Escambia
Highland Community College
A member of the Escambia varsity roll since freshman year, Booker is heading to Highland Community College in Highland, Kansas. The Scotties play in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference of the NJCAA. Last season, the team posted a 2-7 record.
Booker enters his college career after a productive high school career, helping the Gators to a 38-8 record over the past four years. Last season, the 6-foot-3, 325-pound guard was part of an offensive line that allowed Escambia to rush for 1,684 yards.
Trey Carlisle III, DB, West Florida
St. Augustine University
Headed to Raleigh, North Carolina for the next leg of his career, Carlisle leaves West Florida as a major contributor to one of the region’s best defenses in 2021. The Jaguars allowed a meager 11.7 points per game this season, with defensive back lock coverage being key.
He had 51 tackles, had two interceptions, forced a fumble and fended off a plethora of other pass attempts. Carlisle earned Defensive MVP honors to help Team West win the Pensacola Sports All-Star Game 14-0.
He’ll come in handy to a St. Augustine team that was just 1-7 last year. The Division II program’s last winning season was in 2012 with a 6-4 record.
Jordan Bradley, ATH, Washington
Central State University
Ask Bradley to do something on the football field, and he will. The Wildcat have lined up all over the place over the past season, making an impact at every stop.
As a receiver, he went for 324 yards and four touchdowns. As a kicker and punt returner, he racked up 65 yards. And as a defensive back, he had 42 tackles to go along with two interceptions.
Wilberforce, Ohio’s Division II Marauders will benefit from his versatility as they must plug holes in every spot. Last year they went just 1-9, losing eight games in a row to wrap up the 2021 campaign.
Gus Johnson, DB, Gulf Breeze
A lesser-known zone prospect, Johnson showed enough to land himself a four-year opportunity at the next level. Recording 17 tackles in his senior season and impressing scouts with his intangibles, Johnson travels to Montgomery, Alabama to join the Hawks.
They had a strong 2021 season going 8-3, winning eight straight midway through the season. All of those wins came against conference competition where they went undefeated.
Trent Hall, WR, Navarre
Webber International University
The Raiders product opted to stay in Florida by picking the NAIA Warriors at Babson Park. After tearing his ACL in last year’s spring game, he missed his senior season, so Webber International is giving him a chance to redeem himself.
It will likely pay them off as Hall drove for 297 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior season. He was even a defensive threat as a sophomore, notching the game-ending interception in their 28-21 Beach Bowl win over Gulf Breeze.
He joins fellow Navarre teammate Derek Percivalle in picking the Warriors.
Ayanna Kelker, G, West Florida Baptist
Pensacola Christian College
After winning her sixth straight Panhandle Christian Conference championship and being named to the NPC All-Area Second Team, Kelker will stay home as a member of the Eagles.
She averaged 17.9 points per game this season while collecting 2.2 rebounds and 2 assists. She will fit perfectly into PCC’s winning pedigree. The Eagles will enter the 2022-23 season as the defending NCCAA Division II champions. It was the program’s first-ever national championship.
Swimming and diving
Justin Toth, Diver, Booker T. Washington
Birmingham Southern College
Relatively new to his sport, the 2021 NPC Boys Swimmer and Diver of the Year will continue his collegiate career at Division III Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Ala.
A year after placing second in the state in his freshman season, Toth won the Class 3A state diving title last fall. The senior became the Wildcats’ first state champion since 2014 and the first Pensacola-area diver to claim a state title since 1994.
Noah Scoggins, swimmer, Booker T. Washington
Birmingham Southern College
Scoggins will join Toth at Birmingham-South. Selected to the PNJ All-Area team in 2020, the senior was one of 10 Wildcats that qualified for the state last season. Scoggins competed in the 100-meter butterfly and 100 backstroke.
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