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Buford’s Derrian Brown (3) picks up a first down before Newton’s defender Diondre Glover (7) tackles him during Friday’s game. (Photo: Craig Cappy)

COVINGTON — Less than a week removed from narrowing his list of potential college destinations to five, Newton’s Diondre Glover has a new home.

The Rams’ standout defensive back and wide receiver took to his social media accounts late Monday evening to announce his pledge to Mercer, an NCAA Division I FCS program that the rising senior visited just hours earlier in the day.

While Glover didn’t mention a second favorite option between his list consisting of UNLV, Coastal Carolina, Southeast Missouri, UNC Charlotte and Mercer, his decision to stay in his home state of Georgia featured several reasons.

“It was the love they showed me and my family,” Glover said. “Yes, they are close to home and that was a major win for me and my family. Choosing (Mercer) had a lot to do with my major. Mercer separated itself academic wise and football wise. They have a great program and a great football team.”

Having spent his time at Newton staring on both sides of the ball, Glover said Mercer has recruited him to play corner, rather than wide receiver. His soon-to-be dominant position in college, however, will not have any impact on his reps at wide receiver for the upcoming Newton season, he said.

“I feel very confident going in and making an immediate impact as a true freshman,” Glover said. “I feel the same way as I did last year. I got a lot of reps at both positions, so I’m not complaining about the reps at either position.”

With his college decision taken care of before the start of his senior season, Glover said he hopes it will alleviate any pressure he might have faced in the coming months.

“That was very important to me,” Glover said. “I will be focused on the team and not trying to figure out where I’m going to play college football. I will be totally locked in. It will make the season fun. I will make a lot of memories and I’m thankful to be in the position that I am in.”

Sports Editor

A 2017 graduate of the University of North Georgia, Colin joined the Rockdale/Newton Citizen in March of 2018 as the papers' full-time sports editor. A 2013 graduate of Jackson County High School, Colin received a golf scholarship to Andrew College.

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