PRESTONSBURG - Prestonsburg High School senior defensive lineman Alex Garner, a Kentucky All-Star who represented his state against the Tennessee All-Stars in the 2012 National Guard Border Bowl earlier in the year, made his college choice official on Tuesday morning. Garner is headed to Emory & Henry College.
Garner chose Emory & Henry over Hanover and Pikeville.
As a senior, Garner overcame a season-threatening injury to register 49 tackles in nine games. Garner entered his senior season ranked as one of the top players in Class 2A. He concluded the 2011 campaign as one of the state’s top high school football players.
Emory & Henry College is located in Emory, Va., which is close to Garner’s home in Prestonsburg.
Veteran head coach Don Montgomery guides the Emory & Henry football program, which competes in NCAA Division III. Montgomery is in his 35th year of coaching college football, nearly all of which have been on the NCAA D-III level.
Emory & Henry concluded the 2011 season 5-5 overall, finishing 2-4 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). The Wasps compete in the ODAC along with Washington & Lee, Hampden-Sydney, Randolph-Macon, Bridgewater, Catholic and Guilford.