• Photo by KENISHA WEBSTER - Atlanta athletes Dustin Williams, seated left, and Luke Anthony signed to continue their academic and athletic careers on National Signing Day Feb. 7. Williams signed with Hendrix College and Anthony signed with the University of Central Arkansas.

Atlanta has two more athletes ink college papers on national signing day

Two Atlanta athletes signed to further their education Feb. 7, on National Signing Day. This brings the number to 41 students who have signed to continue their athletic careers in seven years.
Dustin Williams, son of Rodney and Misty Williams, signed to play football with Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., and Luke Anthony, son of Greg and Stacy Anthony, signed to run track with the University of Central Arkansas.
Dustin was Atlanta’s center the past two seasons and also competes in powerlifting and track and field.
“I’m truly blessed to be able to move on to the next level and I’m excited to be able to play as a freshman,” Williams said. “I’ve worked hard to get to this point and I’m going to continue to work hard to reach my goals.”
Luke Anthony has been a staple on the track team and has also played football and baseball.
“I’m blessed to be able to have the opportunity to go to college because a lot of student-athletes don’t get the chance to go to the next level,” Anthony said. “I want to make an early impact at UCA, compete and win. I want to give the best in me I can give.”
Anthony has also been training for the decathlon events at UCA which features four track and six field events, a total of 10 events. Competitions include 100-meter sprint, 110-meter hurdles, 400-meter event, 1500-meter event, long jump, high jump, shot put, discus throw, javelin throw and pole vault.
“Decathlons are a very tough challenge but I feel I can do well in the events once I get into training full-time for them,” Anthony said.
Rabbit AD Matt McClure had this to say about the signees.
“Dustin was a 2-year starter at the center position for our football team and even got to play in a playoff game as a sophomore when we had a sizeable lead,” McClure said. “As a center you have a big responsibility to protect the quarterback and fend off some of the biggest defensive players on the field.”
“Dustin has excelled not only on the field but in the classroom where he sports a 3.98 GPA,” McClure added. “Hendrix College is called ‘Harvard of the south’ for a reason and Dustin fits the mold of what kind of student-athletes they are looking for.”
“Since day one Dustin has worked hard to improve his weaknesses, has improved his footwork which is key for bigger players and has a great work ethic,” McClure remarked. “He wanted to play college football and now that dream has become reality.”
“Luke is a hard-working, multi-sport athlete who was a starter on the football team and baseball team, and excelled at track where we won a state title last year,” McClure said. “Luke has a fantastic work-ethic that is second to none and that shows in the classroom as well where he has a 3.78 GPA.”
“He’s well-rounded, very athletic and fights through the pain which is sometimes a big part of pushing to get better and faster when running track,” McClure continued. “UCA is getting a prime student-athlete who has the drive to excel on and off the track.”
“To me both of these guys are similar in that they are humble, hard-working young men that have learned to appreciate what has been handed to them as a reward for that hard work.”

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