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The pipeline from Gwinnett County to the Air Force Academy football program continued this week. South Gwinnett quarterback Kent Rollins committed Tuesday to the Falcons, who have signed a Gwinnett player every year since 2004.
The 6-foot, 165-pound Rollins plans to take an official visit on Jan. 6. He chose the Falcons over offers from Charleston Southern and West Georgia.
“It felt right,” Rollins said of the Air Force commitment. “From all the other offers, talking to my parents and the coaches, that’s the place I wanted to go.”
Gwinnett County has had 14 players sign with Air Force over the last seven years. The most notable is Wesleyan’s Chad Hall, who went on to have a standout career at the Colorado Springs school and is now with the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles. Peachtree Ridge grad Asher Clark was the team’s leading rusher this year.
“That’s one of the things they told me is they have a bunch of players from Georgia,” Rollins said. “I’m very familiar with some of the Gwinnett kids.”
Air Force has posted four straight winning seasons and won the Independence Bowl on Monday against Georgia Tech to finish the year 9-4. Rollins called to commit a day after the win.
“It had some impact,” Rollins said. “I felt it was a good time to call them. I love the campus and the whole city of Colorado Springs is awesome.”
A dual threat quarterback, Rollins was named first-team all-county by the Daily Post the last two seasons. He led the county in passing with 2,212 yards and 23 TDs as a junior to led the Comets to the second round of the state playoffs.
Rollins guided to South to a 9-3 record and the second round of the playoffs this season. He passed for 2,327 yards and 24 touchdowns with only four interceptions and rushed for 755 yards and seven TDs. His passing yards and TDs this season are school records.
A standout baseball player, Rollins will play baseball for the Falcons as well. He hit .402 with five home runs, 20 RBIs and 37 runs scored and 16 stolen bases as junior for the Comets.
Rollins, who maintains a 3.04 GPA, is undecided on his major. It’s estimated that an Air Force education is worth more than $400,000.
“It’s a great education,” Rollins said. “Once you graduate, you’re basically set.”