Limited access planned when Hardman announces decision

Only 2015-2016 Elbert County football team members, immediate family and the media will be allowed in the Elbert County Comprehensive High School (ECCHS) gymnasium next week when Mecole Hardman announces where he intends to sign a letter of intent to play college football.

“We certainly understand the desire many have voiced to be a witness to the activities surrounding Mecole and his final decision, but given the media that will already be on campus, we simply are trying to preserve the moment for all of the students involved, and for their families,” said ECCHS Principal Jason R. Kouns. “We too understand that a process of determining ‘importance’ on who is/is not allowed to participate would become very subjective in nature, and would take attention away from all three of these young men that have worked so hard to be recognized.”

Prior to Hardman making his announcement at 8:30 a.m., LaTravious Barnett will be signing a letter of intent with Georgia State University and Montavious Tinch will be signing a letter of intent with Miles College (Birmingham).

Barnett and Tinch will sign with their respective schools at 8 a.m.

According to a tweet from Hardman, will carry the announcement live, and Kouns said the school intends to provide access with school technology to watch the announcement in “real time.”

At the Elbert County Board of Education meeting Monday School Superintendent Chuck Bell said the three athletes who will be participating have been given tickets to give to the persons they want to attend the event.

Only those persons would be allowed to watch the announcement in person, said Bell.

A person who was to make a presentation on the “Raptor” school security system at the board meeting had to postpone his appearance because of snow at the presenters home in Tennessee.

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