Grayson’s Pemberton commits to I-AA’s Austin Peay

Grayson running back Ean Pemberton agreed to accept a scholarship offer from Austin Peay this morning, coach Mickey Conn said.

Grayson's Ean Pemberton, here battling against Roswell in the playoffs, heads to Austin Peay as the Rams' all-time leading rusher. (AJC photo by Josh D. Weiss)

Grayson's Ean Pemberton, here battling against Roswell in the playoffs, heads to Austin Peay as the Rams' all-time leading rusher. (AJC photo by Josh D. Weiss)

Pemberton chose the Governors, a Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA) program, over West Georgia, Lenoir-Rhyne and several other lower-division schools, Conn said.

“He had a few offers, a few Division IIs,” Conn said. “He and his mom went up there [to Clarksville, Tenn.] on a visit last weekend and they liked it. It was one of the bigger schools that offered him. But he really liked the coaches and liked the town and it wasn’t too far away from home. And the fact that they don’t mind playing little running backs.”

The 5-foot-4, 155-pound Pemberton rushed for more than 1,800 yards this season for Grayson, which was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAA before falling to Newnan in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He finished his career with more than 4,800 yards rushing, a school record.

Conn said Georgia Southern’s new staff, led by new head coach and former Georgia Tech assistant Jeff Monken, is coming to visit Pemberton at the school this week. The Eagles had not shown any interest in Pemberton under former coach Chris Hatcher.

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December 15th, 2009
12:13 pm

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December 15th, 2009
12:15 pm

I wanted him to come to Florida A&M! Look at what current FAMU coach JoeTaylor did with a similar back (Montrell Coley) in the late 90s.

Good luck to Mr. Pemberton.


December 15th, 2009
12:39 pm

p.s. Coach Taylor was the head coach at Hampton University when he had M. Coley, who was a 5-8-ish/ 200 lbs. bowling ball type RB.


December 15th, 2009
1:11 pm


Pretty sure this kid is 5′ 4″ and about 144 soaking wet. He’a a great player and all, but adding 4 inches and 60 or so lbs is a bit of a stretch. Solid player though.


December 15th, 2009
1:22 pm


As a Rattler alum, I was also hoping that FAMU would look at Pemberton. The kid is tough as nails and has CONSISTENTLY performed against the top competition in the state’s highest classifiacation. I’ve watched him play about 6 games and he can definitely play at the I-AA, oops, FCS level!!

Oh well, I guess he’ll “Peay” freely for the next four years.


December 15th, 2009
1:23 pm

Snag his Georgia Southern!!


December 15th, 2009
1:31 pm

Good for this kid. If he plays it smart he will have a bright future.


December 15th, 2009
2:12 pm

Hope he does well, but the Austin Peay campus is terrible. Wish GA Southern, V State, or one of the nice private schools had offered him more.


December 15th, 2009
2:49 pm

I think Pemberton will do well at Peay. They have got themselves a hell of a ball player & at blazerdawg Peay has a very nice facility.


December 15th, 2009
2:53 pm

surprisingly, he can break arm tackles. And he is probly 5 foot and 145 pounds


December 15th, 2009
3:06 pm

Good for Ean. I’m glad someone looked beyond the ht. and wt. to see a determined, talented running back with a heart for football. This is great story in the making, and it gives inspiration to smaller kids all over the country and especailly in the Gwinnett Co programs. The Grayson program contiunes to churn out great, “team first” players. Go Rams!

HardTruth Soldier

December 15th, 2009
3:09 pm

“Real” ball players know other real ball players! This kid is a player, the next time you want to critisize his size, watch Oregon State play and watch that 5′6 185 pound back!


December 15th, 2009
3:28 pm

I have watched him play for Grayson for 3 years. He can play. If he goes to Austin Peay, then they will get a steal. I think Georgia
Southern should take another look. Just ask Lowndes, Parkview, Camden, Brookwood, and other teams.


December 15th, 2009
6:14 pm

Ean will definetly do good at what ever school he chooses. His heart for the game is a team on its own. Big Up V.I Soldier!!! Keep up the good I’m proud of you.


December 15th, 2009
10:53 pm

needs to play DII or DIII ball, too damn small for D-I, hes not gonna make it you gotta be at least 5′6 or something


December 16th, 2009
10:15 am

Congratulations to a great young man and terrific competitor. Ean will do well wherever he goes and deservedly so. His character may be his greatest strength.


December 16th, 2009
10:36 am

Congratulations Ean! Helluva ballplayer, helluva running back! Heulluva good kid! My only disappointment is that I likely won’t get to see him play much at A.P. But here’s hoping!! They’ve got a steal up there in Clarksville!

And DII BALL, you obviously haven’t seen Ean play or you don’t know much about football! Lot’s of DI players out there Eans size (even though they list them as bigger). He’d do just fine with the right D1 program, no doubt in my mind!

Go show’em what you can do Ean!! Congrats!!


December 16th, 2009
10:56 am

Man this guy can play d1 just look at the chargers back

Aunt Jenny

December 16th, 2009
11:12 am

Congrats Ean. I am so happy for you. Just keep on doing what You do best! Like we say at home “Small ax cut down big tree”! You’ll be great at Peay!


December 16th, 2009
11:45 am

Flip him to The Georgia Southern Eagles Coach Monken.


December 16th, 2009
1:44 pm

know one thing I have watched this kid run the ball for years and he is the best back in Ga. just like Williams said ask Lowndes,Camden co. etc. he is a beast and can take a hit like no other his size so if you know football you will be a fan,I will make the trip to see him play we will miss you at Grayson little bro luv ya….I SEE YOU IAN!

Reck in effect

December 17th, 2009
10:57 am

I proud of this young man. I’m not sure why there are no mid majors D1’s after him. They are really making a mistake by not pursuing him. He will hopefully make some college coach look good.

Nina Gentry

December 17th, 2009
4:08 pm

Congratulations to Ean. I am glald that someone has picked him up. He has a big heart for the game. I have been watching him here at Grayson and he is awsome. Ean will be missed here in Grayson. Good luck and show them what you can do.

Andrew Stine

December 17th, 2009
8:39 pm

Ean, you will be missed on those Friday nights tearin up the turf on the big G. You are the greatest Grayson will see

Andrew Stone

December 17th, 2009
8:41 pm

that last comments last name is stone. typo


December 19th, 2009
11:40 am

Much love and blessings, may the Father give you strength and wisdom to continue to shine. Much Blessings. Congrats.


May 13th, 2010
10:46 pm

good job ean keep up the good work


May 13th, 2010
10:48 pm

contrary hershey remember greg reid led nation in punt returns at D1 level freshman from lowndes