New Brockton’s Dalton Adkison fights for extra yards in a 2017 game against Sweet Water.

Dalton Adkison, a former standout with the New Brockton Gamecocks, announced last Friday that he’ll be transferring from the University of Alabama to Troy University.

The redshirt freshman was a preferred walk-on with The Crimson Tide, where he spent time as a quarterback and receiver. Adkison finishes his final class at Alabama on Monday and will begin working out and practicing with the Troy Trojans on June 26.

“After the spring and into the summer, I kind of started looking at some other options,” Adkison told The Ledger on Friday. “Troy gave me an opportunity to come in, and I think I could really help them out this year in a couple of different areas. (The decision) came down to a chance to get on the field.”

Adkison said the Trojans are expecting him to play slot receiver and special teams.

He reflected on his time at Alabama and said his decision was not about the university but rather his personal goals as a player.

“There’s nothing wrong with The University of Alabama,” Adkison said. “I’ve loved my time here, and I’ve enjoyed my first year here and learned a lot. Had the opportunity to meet some great people, but as a player I think it’s time for me to move on and make the most of my opportunities on the football field.”

An all-purpose athlete in high school, Adkison rushed for 2,131 yards and passed for 2,438 yards in his New Brockton career. He scored 53 touchdowns, and was a two-time honorable mention recipient of The Dothan Eagle’s Super 12.  

Adkison inked his preferred walk-on offer to Alabama last April at a ceremony in the New Brockton High School gym. Former New Brockton head coach Justin Jones commended Adkison on his dedication to the sport at that ceremony.

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