The senior quarterback of the Morristown West, Dylan Cribley, has led in many ways for the Trojans football program through his time there.
Now, Cribley will lead himself to further his football career and his education after he signed to the Georgia Knights Prep Academy on Tuesday afternoon.
“This is a different feeling but I have always wanted to do this,” Cribley said. “I know the college world will be a lot different. It will take some adjustments but I am excited for what’s ahead.”
Cribley had all of his coaches, his closest family and some of his closest friends there on his signing day to share the experience with.
“I wanted to make these people here with me today proud,” he said. “I feel like I have done that. I’m glad they were all here with me today.”
Georgia Knights Prep Academy, located in Snellville, Georgia, offers one athletes to prepare for the next level, whether it be Division I, Division II or another league. Cribley chose the prep academy in Georgia to keep his football career going knowing he would get good exposure, he said.
“It’s a great prep academy,” Cribley said. “They recently just won the national championship. I know with going there I will get a lot of good looks. I have to go down there and work hard, though. That is the plan. It’s a grind from here.”
Cribley said, overall, the financial focus for Georgia Knights Prep Academy made the most sense for his journey.
As he leaves West’s football program, he said that West High will always be home to him and he will never forget the memories created.
“West will always be home to me,” Cribley said. “I’ll always love this place. I know I can talk to any of my coaches that I have for advice and they are willing to help. It’s been a great experience and I’ll miss it.”
Trojans head football coach Alvin Sanders leaned on Cribley for leadership, as Cribley was a part of the class Sanders first began his head coaching job with in 2017. Now, he sees his starting quarterback sign to continue his career.
“Cribley was our guy,” Sanders said. “He was a leader for us. He’s a player that is going to continue to get better and better. I’m proud of him.”
In Cribley’s senior year, he etched just over 1,000 passing yards and threw for six touchdowns in eight games. Unfortunately for him, COVID-19 cut the season short two games.
Cribley looks back and remembers some of the highlights he had his senior season. One that stuck out to him was his 40-yard rushing touchdown against Dobyns-Bennett.
“I never was focused on myself whenever we went out there and played,” Cribley said. “It was always about the team first, especially the way the season went for us. The rushing touchdown I had against Dobyns-Bennett was actually my only rushing touchdown for my career. That was a fun one.”
As he competes for a quarterback spot in the starting lineup, Cribley will also study criminology for his education. He said he would love to see himself put his criminology degree to good work.
“I plan to study criminology while playing football,” he said. “I would love to work for the FBI or TBI after my schooling. That’s something I have always seen myself in.”