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Thomas County Central lineman Garrett Harrell celebrates signing via Zoom

Posted at 11:39 PM, May 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 23:39:40-04

THOMAS COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) — High school signings have taken a different look during the COVID-19 pandemic and Zoom meetings have become the new norm for celebrating our athletes signing college scholarships.

Held in front of a gym or a computer screen a collegiate signing is a big deal. Thursday, in front of his high school coaches, Thomas County Central lineman Garrett Harrell signed with Carson Newman, a division two program in Tennessee.

The day may have been different, but for Harrell it's a long time in the making.

"It's really special," said Harrell. "It just shows all the hard work I put into it is starting to pay off. It's finally coming to realization. Once I started talking to them, they basically kept talking to me everyday. They stayed in touch and I really liked that. I already looked at the campus up there on the computer and I liked what they had, and I love their education."

Getting an education is the most important thing, and Harrell said he wants to study education with the goal of one day becoming a history teacher and a football coach.