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3 players from Aquinas transfer to Grovetown

Irish standouts move back to Columbia County

Posted: July 23, 2016 - 11:12pm
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Receiver Justin Gibbs battled injuries last season but still managed to have 646 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He joins Durham and Verenzo Holmes Jr. at Grovetown High.  Jon-Michael Sullivan/File
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Receiver Justin Gibbs battled injuries last season but still managed to have 646 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He joins Durham and Verenzo Holmes Jr. at Grovetown High.

With football season about to begin, Grovetown has added three standout players transferring from Aquinas.

Rising senior Verenzo Holmes Jr., a defensive back, and rising junior running back D’Angelo Durham are becoming Warriors again. They will join former Aquinas receiver Justin Gibbs at Grovetown.

Both Holmes, who tweeted in June he picked up offer No. 13 from Cincinnati, and Durham had previously been with Grovetown before transferring to Aquinas. Due to family reasons, the two are back at the Columbia County school.

“We’ve never had this type of situation before, with so many kids coming in this close to the season,” said Warriors coach Damien Postell, who was an assistant when Durham and Holmes were previously at Grovetown.

“Those guys know each other and our guys know them. That kind of helps.”

Durham rushed for nearly 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore with the Fighting Irish to grab First Team All-Area honors.

Holmes’ biggest highlight in 2015 came when he returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown in the GHSA Class A state title
game.

The 6-foot-2, 196-pound Gibbs, who battled injuries but still earned a third team All-Area selection, had 646 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.

He also turned heads as a sophomore when he caught four passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns
in a 49-21 win against Tattnall Square.

Appalachian State, Georgia Southern, Indiana, Mississippi State and Wake Forest are among the schools to extend an offer to the star receiver.

Aquinas coach James Leonard said he supports the players 100 percent as they continue their high school careers and hope to play at the next level.

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