Two Atlanta Jewish community members who didn’t start playing football until their junior years in high school, Samuel Sloman and Daniel Gothard, signed to continue their sports careers at college Wednesday, Feb. 3.
Originally a goalkeeper for Pace’s soccer team, Sloman was recruited his junior year to kick for the football team and in his first season was named First Team All-State for AA and Second Team All-Region 6AA by the Georgia Sportswriters Association.
During his senior season, Sloman converted 20 of 23 field goal attempts, setting a Georgia record for field goals in a season. His longest field goal was 53 yards.
He was named All-Region, All-State and a metro all-star but also gained national accolades: First Team All-American with the two largest kicking camps, Kohl’s and Chris Sailer Kicking; National Placekick of the Year by Chris Sailer Kicking; and the MaxPreps Small Schools All-American Team.
Sloman and his family are members of Temple Emanu-El.
Dunwoody High School offensive tackle Gothard has signed to play for the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
The 6-foot-6, 300-pound senior didn’t start playing football until his junior year but picked up the sport quickly. Although the Dunwoody Wildcats finished 2015 with a record of 3-8, Gothard was recruited by Yale and Harvard before choosing fellow Ivy League school Penn.
Gothard is the son of Julie Horowitz and Andy Gothard.
Gothard and Sloman join Walton High School linebacker Joey Goodman, committed to Harvard University, in signing to play college football next year.
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