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