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Lanier Longhorns football players moving on to next level

Grey Lee Williams remembers practicing in shorts and T-shirts at Gary Pirkle Park. He remembers the first helmets and jersey, the JV schedule and first successes.

For four years, Williams prepared and practiced and helped build the Lanier football program and Wednesday, his successes only grew.

The four-year player for Lanier signed with West Georgia, another step higher for Williams, who plans to become an orthopedic specialist.

“Just seeing (the program) over the last four years, it's ridiculous,” Williams said. “It's just crazy.”

Williams rolled with every punch, starting as a quarterback, moving to wide receiver and finally ended up as a defensive back in his final two years.

“I also played running back as a junior,” Williams added.

For Michael Shaw, the opportunity at Lanier came in his final two seasons. A transfer from Centennial, Shaw doesn't have the four years of memories, but said he always felt at home with the Longhorns and felt the same way when he visited Georgia State.

“I loved it, it was just a great school, a great campus,” Shaw said. “It's close to home.”