The end of the school day couldn’t come quickly enough for Evans High School’s Trevor Fowler.
At the conclusion of classes, Fowler, his family and teammates gathered in the school’s media center as he signed a letter of intent to play football at LaGrange College.
Playing college football is something he’s always worked toward.
“I’ve never really even considered going to college without playing ball, to be honest with you,” Fowler said. “It always seemed like that’s what I wanted to do. Honestly, I hadn’t even pictured my life without football. It’s a big part of it.”
Evans head coach Marty Jackson called Fowler disciplined and tenacious and had no doubt he would end up playing somewhere.
“He knew what his goal was,” said Jackson. “He was going to play somewhere, and he accomplished it.”
In Fowler’s senior year, the 6-foot-1, 235-pound defensive lineman recorded 65 tackles, including 33 solo and seven tackles for loss. He still anticipates being a defensive lineman for the DIII Panthers, who play in the USA South Conference, just in a different position.
“It’s like a stand-up end,” said Fowler of what LaGrange calls the Panther position. “Kind of like a linebacker, but I get to stand up, not down in a three-point. It’s awesome, to be honest with you. I know I’m not the biggest guy, but I love to be able to run around and hit somebody and not have to come out of a stance.”
Fowler was impressed with assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator Marcus Blandingburg when he visited Fowler at Evans, and a couple of visits to the campus, north of Columbus, Ga., sealed the deal.
“It was nice up there, I liked it,” Fowler said. “It’s not big, but it’s not small. It’s got a good feel to it when you go and visit it.”
Fowler knows he’ll have to work his way back up the football ladder next year.
“Now I’m going to be a freshman again. I’m going to have to earn my way,” he said. “I expect to give some guys a run for their money, though.”