On Wednesday Long County High School standout football player Tariq Carpenter signed a letter-of-intent to play for the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2017. Carpenter who was rated as a 3-Star recruit by 24-7 Sports, said that playing for the Rambling Wreck was beyond his belief.
"I’m very excited, it’s truly a blessing, and a dream come true; the coaches, the academics, and the football program are all top tier, I’m very thankful for the opportunity to play for them," Carpenter said..
Carpenter had several members of his family present at the signing and none were more proud, than his mother Demetria Fiffie and stepfa
ther Theron Fiffie.
"I’m thankful to God first and also to Georgia Tech for giving Tariq a chance to achieve his dream of playing college football," said Demetria Fiffie.
"Tariq all I can say is you’ve come a long way, and I’m very proud of you," said stepfather Theron Fiffie.
As a member of the 2016 Blue Tide football team Carpenter had 54 tackles, one interception, and one blocked field goal.
On the offensive side of the ball Carpenter had 19 receptions averaging over 20 yards per catch. This year he also scored one touchdown for Long County and made the 2-AAA All-Region football team.
In addition to receiving his offer to play for Georgia Tech, Carpenter also had 12 other colleges recruit him.
He will be joining a Rambling Wreck team that went 9-4 this season, which included a 33-18 victory over the University of Kentucky in the TaxSlayer Bowl.
Carpenter said that there were many who helped him achieve his goal and he was appreciative to all.
"I want to thank all of the people who have helped me throughout my high school career, and want everyone to always remember if you keep God on your side, anything is possible."
Carpenter becomes the third member of the 2016 Blue Tide football team to sign scholarship papers to play football.
On Wednesday linebacker Gerald Williams Jr. also signed a letter-of-intent to play for Fort Valley State University, and last month linebacker Jamin Davis signed to play for the University of Kentucky.
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