HIGH SCHOOL SIGNINGS

Three Eastside football players sign to next level


Eastside football signees, from left, Anthony Burch, LaMartinez Walker and Nick Tucker pose Thursday with Rams coach Jeff Parker. (Submitted photo)

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12:19 a.m.

Scholarship signees

Anthony Burch

School: Eastside

Sport: Football

Position: Defensive end/outside linebacker

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 180 pounds

College chosen: Ave Maria University, Naples

Other schools considered: Charleston Southern

Stats: A first-team all-area selection at defensive end for the Rams, who finished with 118 tackles, 26 for loss, with 15 sacks, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Also played at outside linebacker.

Quotable: “I like how secluded it is, and I like how I know when I get there I can thrive as both an athlete and a student. At Eastside, I could be a free spirit and express myself. I could cut up on the field and dance a little bit.” — Anthony Burch

LaMartinez Walker

School: Eastside

Sport: Football

Position: Defensive back/running back

Height: 5-foot-6

Weight: 170 pounds

College chosen: Webber International, Babson Park

Other schools considered: Ave Maria University, Florida Tech

Stats: Ran for 250 yards on 30 carries with four touchdowns, with a long rush of 32 yards. Also had eight receptions for 78 yards and two TDs. On defense, had 21 tackles, 15 solo, with three interceptions and nine passes knocked down.

Quotable: “When I went there (Webber) I loved the campus. It is a small campus that has a good environment and I think I will fit in well. The coaches are cool. I just feel at home. I can stay close to my family. I will get to play against one of my teammates and play with one of my teammates, so it is really exciting for me.” — LaMartinez Walker

Nick Tucker

School: Eastside

Sport: Football

Position: Defensive end/offensive lineman

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 215 pounds

College chosen: Webber International

Other schools considered: Edward Waters College, Southeastern University

Stats: 41 tackles, 32 solo, with five sacks, two forced fumbles, two passes blocked and one safety. Also forced two fumbles with two fumble recoveries on special teams.

Quotable: “It is a small college and I feel at home there. It has a good accounting program. I’ve known LaMartinez all my life, he is like a brother.”— Nick Tucker

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