st. george's football

From left, Gryphons Justin Bray, Jacquavious Pryor, Timber King and Kyle Gasaway pose for a photo with coach Andre Lott (center) on National Signing Day.

The 2018 St. George's football season was one to remember for sure. 

St. George's knocked off Harding Academy in a wild playoff game and advanced to the state quarterfinals before falling to the eventual champ, Christ Presbyterian Academy. Lausanne was the only West Tennessee team to make it further than the Gryphons in DII-AA. 

College recruiters noticed.

On National Signing Day last Wednesday four Grypons signed football scholarships and a fifth is expected to sign soon.

Justin Bray is headed to Mercer University, Timber King to the University of Pikeville, Kyle Gasaway to Ouchita Baptist and Jacquavious Pryor to Lindenwood University.

Quarterback Spencer Smith is still trying to decide between Arkansas, Tennessee and East Tennessee State University.

Bray will play tight end at Mercer, a DI school.

"Justin's a prototype," said St. George's coach Andre Lott. "He's a great player. We're definitely going to miss him. I'm excited to see what he's going to do."

King led the Gryphons in rushing yardage last season but was recruited as a linebacker by the Pikeville coaching staff.

"He's a hard-nosed guy," Lott said. "He's worked extremely hard to get to the point where he is today."

Gassaway, who Lott referred to as a "utility guy who can play just about anywhere," is expected to be a long snapper or defensive end at Ouchita.

Pryor, who goes 6-3, 305, was recruited to play defensive end.

"Like Timber, he's a hard-nosed guy," Lott said about Pryor, who also played some center during his career as a Gryphon. "He's very athletic for a guy his size and a very versatile player."

"Guys nowadays get so caught up in trying to go to a big power five school, sometimes its not the reality for every player," Lott said. "Once the kids realize that and still really want to play football it's easy for us to go out there and contact coaches and get scholarship offers. It's really exciting for us."