Sealand: 'Happiest day of my life'

Jacob Sealand

Tucker High School won an AAAA state championship last fall with a perfect 15-0 season. As great as that was, middle linebacker Jacob Sealand said Wednesday was even better.

"This is the happiest day of my life," said Sealand, who signed scholarship papers with Vanderbilt in a signing day ceremony at his school Wednesday. "I can't wait to get up there and start a new career."

Surrounded by friends and family in an auditorium full of his teachers and fellow students, Sealand officially fulfilled a months-long commitment to offer his talents to Coach James Franklin and staff.

Miami had made a late run for Sealand, he said, but as he put it, "I never wavered."

His defensive end teammate Josh Dawson did waver, however. A few moments after Sealand signed, Dawson put on a Georgia cap and inked with the Bulldogs. Dawson had spent months as a Vanderbilt commitment, but made a final decision at 10 pm Tuesday night to flip to Georgia.

"He called me last night to tell me, so I knew what he was going to do," Sealand said of Dawson. "I truly wish him the best, and I can't wait to play against him."

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