MHS athletes sign to play college football (updated)

Published 10:29 am Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Cameron "C.J." Andrews, left, and Anthony Johnson, right, signed to play college football Wednesday morning. Also present for the signings were Maplesville coaches (left to right) Sam Dean, Tate Leonard, Brent Hubbert, Eric Bailey and Brad Abbott.

If Cameron Andrews and Anthony Johnson have as much football success in college as they did at Maplesville High School, they’ll undoubtedly enjoy the next phase of their careers.

Andrews and Johnson signed to play collegiately on Wednesday, which is known as National Signing Day, the first day varsity football players can officially declare their intention to play at the next level.

Andrews signed with West Alabama, and Johnson signed with Jacksonville State.

MHS coach Brent Hubbert said he isn’t surprised the duo had the opportunity to earn college scholarship offers.

“Their leadership and work ethic were what we want our kids to represent each day in practice and competition,” Hubbert said. “They came in every day, whether it was practice or games or in the weight room, and competed.

“We’re excited about both of them.”

Andrews started every game of his high school career beginning with his 10th grade season. In three years, he racked up 290 tackles, 40 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, five causes fumbles, four interceptions and two touchdowns (one on a fumble return and another on an interception return).

Hubbert said West Alabama was impressed with Andrews’ tackling ability and aggressiveness.

Johnson started every game of his high school career beginning with his ninth grade season. Maplesville compiled a 45-6 record during that time period.

He compiled 2,380 receiving yards with 25 touchdowns, 285 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, eight sacks, 11 interceptions, four interception returns for touchdowns, three fumble recoveries and four caused fumbles.

“The head coach wants him on defense, but the offensive coordinator wants him on offense,” Hubbert said about Johnson’s ability to play effectively on either side of the ball. “I think he’s going to have a chance to play a lot next year as a true freshman.”