Tattnall's Barron proving doubters wrong with college selection
MACON, GA -- A successful first year was made a lot easier for Tattnall's Chance Jones thanks to the services of Ahmad Barron.
The running back electrified the gridiron for the Trojans leading Tattnall to a Region 7-A Division A Championship while earning league player of the year honors. With over 1,600 yards and 18 touchdowns Barron seemed like a hot commodity for college football programs. The recruiters didn't come calling because many thought he was simply just too short.
"I didn't want to go to sleep," Barron said. "I'd think about it all night. Like I said before, I was brought up with a lot of doubt."
At 5'7 165 lbs, Barron isn't a prototypical bruiser for a wing-t offense. What he lacks in size he makes up for in determination.
"It's not about the size, it's about the fight," Barron said. "I know I have a lot of heart."
Week after week, Barron produced on the field, Tattnall won games, and college coaches showed interest. Many lauded Barron's production but didn't pursue Barron because of his size. That just added more fuel to his fire.
"It made me want to go and work my butt off every single day," Barron said.
Those who know the work "AB" puts in won't go to waste and those who overlook him might get burned.
"At the end of the day some may have overlooked him,' said Jalisha Barron, Ahmad's mother. "If he gets on the field with him, they're going to pay dearly."
As the season wrapped up, Barron saw multiple Tattnall teammates make their college choices while he sat waiting. The running back wondered if his time would ever come. That moment arrived May 17 when Barron signed on with NAIA Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga.
"It's finally here," Barron said. "I knew it would come one day I just had to keep working."
As he stood at the podium thanking his Tattnall family, those who have helped Ahmad on his journey shared their happiness.
"I'm very happy man that's like my blood brother man," said teammate and friend Sean Brown. "We've been through a lot since we was little kids. That's my blood brother and I love him."
A smile brimming from ear to ear lit up Barron's face. As happy as he was to prove the doubters wrong, he left his Tattnall family with words of wisdom.
"Always believe in yourself," Barron said. "Don't listen to what others have to say and never take what you have for granted."