Ten Vanguard football players sign college scholarship commitments


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Posted February 4, 2021 | By Ainslie Lee, Ocala Gazette

From Left to right: Bryce Langston, Tony Johnson, Trevonte Rucker, Tevin Williams, Deon Hunt, Savion Harris (crouching), Ronald Leslie, Syncere Brown, Tyrin Wilson, Mykel Randall. [Ainslie Lee/Ocala Gazette]

Winning games on Friday nights and competing for state championships is the goal of any high school football program.

The Vanguard Knights had the opportunity to do that in 2020, despite the many challenges that they, and every other program around the country, encountered. But head coach Edwin Farmer and the Vanguard football program took their 2020 success a step further on Wednesday afternoon.

After posting an 8-2 record and reaching the regional final where they fell to the Dunnellon Tigers, the Vanguard football program helped bolster 10 of its players to the world of college football with a signing ceremony on National Signing Day.

“Our young men did a great job,” Farmer told a cafeteria full of spectators on Wednesday. “These young men on the stage, they were leading some of those groups. And again, they played an important role in us being successful.”

Those who inked their National Letters of Intent on Wednesday included:

  • Syncere Brown — Offensive lineman; Lane College; Jackson, Tenn.
  • Savion Harris – Wide receiver; Florida International University; Miami
  • Deon Hunt – Defensive tackle; Lane College; Jackson, Tenn.
  • Tony Johnson – Wide receiver; Florida Atlantic University; Boca Raton
  • Bryce Langston – Defensive end; Louisiana State University; Baton Rouge, La.
  • Ronald Leslie – Linebacker; Southern University; Baton Rouge, La.
  • Mykel Randall – Safety; Southern University; Baton Rouge, La.
  • Trevonte Rucker – Wide receiver; Jackson State University; Jackson, Miss.
  • Tevin Williams – Running back; Lane College; Jackson, Tenn.
  • Tyrin Wilson – Defensive back; Albany State University; Albany, Ga.

Historically, the Knights have been known to develop football players into Saturday playmakers.

Tyree Gillespie, who was in attendance for Wednesday’s ceremony, graduated from Vanguard in 2017 before going on to play SEC football at the University of Missouri. The Ocala-bred safety has caught the eye of NFL scouts and is currently preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Farmer was quick to use the example of Gillespie when addressing his 2021 class of signees.

“A lot of those guys are out there playing big time college football and making a difference and definitely shining a light in the public eye,” Farmer said. “They have the opportunity to play on Saturdays… You guys have the same opportunity to play on Saturdays and shine a light and make a statement for Vanguard High School.”