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Avante George, Rosewood High running back, center, signs Tuesday to play football at Keiser University, a member of the Sun Conference. With George at the signing are his mother, Alisha; sister, Alexus; and father, Derron.

Rosewood High standout running back Avante George made it official Tuesday by signing his national letter of intent to play football at Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla..

Keiser University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and a member of the Sun Conference.

George signed with Keiser University after a successful senior year in which he carried most of the offense load for the Eagles.

In a shortened seven-game season, George had 122 rush attempts for 1,124 yards and 15 touchdowns.

The Eagles finished with a record of 6-1 in the regular season, only losing one game to the undefeated Princeton Bulldogs. Their 6-1 record was good for second place in the conference and resulted in their earning a playoff spot.

In the playoffs, Rosewood lost a back-and-forth first round matchup against the Northside-Pinestown Panthers by a score of 34-35. In the close loss, George did his part to give the Eagles a chance to win by scoring three touchdowns and rushing almost 300 yards, which added to his record for the year.

Even though the season didn’t end as George wanted, he is still proud of his performance and looks forward to continuing his football career in college.

He said it felt amazing to sign his letter of intent that sets the stage for his college football journey.

“It feels unreal, actually,” George said. “Time really flies.”

George said he will miss his Eagles teammates and Rosewood coaches who helped him become the player he is today.

“The players and the coaches here mean the world to me,” he said. “Everybody here is like family, the players are brothers to me, and the coaches are like fathers.”

Robert Britt, Rosewood head football coach, said he is proud of the hard work George put in that led to a successful senior season.

“It’s always good to see someone that gets rewarded for hard work,” Britt said. “He’s put in an extreme amount of work ever since he walked onto this campus to get bigger, stronger and faster.

“To be able to have the type of year he had this year with almost 1,400 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns, (including the playoff game), and now being able to play for Keiser, (which) is one of the better football programs in the conference, I am just extremely proud of him.”

George’s parents, Derron and Alisha George, and his sister, Alexus, attended the signing in the Rosewood High gymnasium.

At Keiser University, George plans to major in kinesiology.