Jerrell Williamson, the "quarterback" of Guntersville's defense in the 2020 unbeaten season, signed a scholarship Friday to play college football at Faulkner University.
He's the second Williamson to sign with Faulkner. His brother C.J. played basketball there the last 2 seasons, although he is transferring to UAH next season.
Jerrell is the son of Chrunn and Allison Williamson. He has a younger sister, Alyssia, a 2nd grader.
Wildcat coach Lance Reese coached Chrunn, C.J. and Jerrell and had Allison in class over his 30-year-career at Guntersville High.
"I think Allison was the smartest one in the bunch," he quipped at the signing ceremony, drawing laughs from the crowd gathered to watch Jerrell sign.
Just what position Jerrell will end up playing at Faulkner is anyone's guess. While his specialty at GHS was defense – he was the All-County defensive MVP – he also has some experience running the football.
Jerrell said the Faulkner coaches might give him a look at running back.
Coach Reese looks for Jerrell to have an immediate impact at Faulkner, possibly on special teams.
Chrunn said the coaches have talked about playing him as a possible "star" linebacker and moving him into different positions to bring a pass rushing element to the team.
Jerrell is continuing to work out with a goal of boosting his size from 190 pounds to 200 pounds by the time he reports for fall practice.
"It is always exciting when we have students sign a scholarship," Guntersville High principal Roseanne Mabrey said. "We are excited for Jerrell and his family. We are excited for Faulkner. We know he is going to be an asset to their program because he gives 110% in everything he does."
GHS athletic director Darren James said he only got to spend one school year with Jerrell, but he loved the enthusiasm and passion for the game that Jerrell brought.
"His attitude as a teammate says volumes," James said. "I remember a basketball game when we had a big lead and Jerrell had already gone to the bench. He was so excited to see his younger teammates scoring. That's passion."
Coach Reese said they moved Jerrell from the offense to the defense to play linebacker and he thrived.
"We know Jerrell is going to take advantage of this opportunity," he said.