Dunwoody football players sign athletic scholarships


National Signing Day may have come and gone, but that did not mean the recruiting period was over for Dunwoody head football coach Jim Showfety.

Showfety continued to look for the right colleges for two of his senior players and was successful as Aaron Alexander and Michael Adjekuko signed with the colleges of their choice Feb. 28. Alexander, a running back and defensive back, signed with Bemidji State in Bemidji, Minn., and Adjekuko, a quarterback, signed with New Mexico Military Institute.

Showfety said he is “incredibly” proud to know that Alexander and Adjekuko will continue their athletic and academic careers and happy to see them experience the signing day moment.

“We had the same situation a couple of years ago where players didn’t sign on National Signing Day but they learned that we’re going to keep recruiting as hard as we can,” Showfety said. “It might not happen that first Wednesday in February but if a kid has a chance to play we want to give him that opportunity.”

In his first year playing the quarterback position, Adjekuko finished the 2013 season with 614 passing yards, threw three touchdowns and had a 55.0 percent completion rate. He also rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Adjekuko, who played wide receiver and cornerback his first three years at Dunwoody, made the switch to quarterback in week three of the season.

“[The transition] was a little difficult but I got used to it after a couple of games,” Adjekuko said.

“He had to go through some growing pains for a game or two but over the long haul he really turned our offense around and did a great job,” Showfety said of Adjekuko.

Adjekuko said he was very happy and excited to sign with New Mexico Military Institute, which offered him a full scholarship.

“It’s what I’ve been working for all my life,” he said.

Alexander, had originally committed to Reinhardt University, but the morning he was scheduled to sign, Bemidji State made a better offer and he decided to sign with Bemidji.

“I chose Bemidji because I like the campus and I think it’s a better fit for me than Reinhardt,” Alexander said.

Showfety said Alexander was “Mr. Everything” for the football team. Alexander played running back, defensive back and he was the kick returner.

“He did a great job and personally I think he was worthy of All-State consideration this year,” Showfety said. “He had a great season. Without him I don’t know where we would’ve been.”

Alexander led the team in rushing with 632 yards and eight touchdowns. He also has 246 reception yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he finished second on the team in total tackles with 64 and he led the team in interceptions with four.

Alexander said he is happy to be continuing his football career.

“I have another opportunity to play the game that I love,” he said.



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