Local recruits celebrate beginning of college careers on Signing Day
POSTED: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 5:00am
UPDATED: Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 5:04am
Baton Rouge, LA (NBC33) — High school seniors have finished their football careers. But some of them scored big Wednesday.
"To be able to sign with my teammates is just the greatest feeling," said East Ascension's Dominique Williams. And he had lots of teammates to sign with. Seven Spartans signed their National Letters of Intent together. Six of the seven will have a teammate on campus next year, too. Williams and De'Andre Darville will attend Louisiana College; Tyler Green and Devin Simoneau will play for Louisiana-Lafayette; and Mason Bateman will be joined by Ja'Lon Watts at Arkansas-Monticello.
There was a similar case at Dutchtown, which had four players sign their paperwork. Torrance Mosley and Corey McBride are cousins, play the same position, and will both enroll at TCU.
"Can't get rid of the kid, but yeah (that was the plan)," McBride said. "He's a good friend and a teammate, and I can't wait to have him all in with me."
Most of the local players picked schools close to home.
"Just staying here in Louisiana, being able to make these connections and network with everyone at the university, I'm really excited about it," said Garrett Brumfield, a University Lab lineman who will move down the street to LSU.
"It's all about P-Town," his future teammate, Plaquemine's Davon Godchaux stated. "I'll never forget where I come from. And always remember, born and raised in Plaquemine, so I'll never forget that."
"At least I'm only an hour away," said Denham Springs' Cole Spear, who signed with Nicholls State, "so I can always see my friends and everything like that, but it still is an hour away, so I might miss some things."
Some players, such as Brumfield, got the offer they wanted early on, so Signing Day was anti-climactic. But others had to wait a long time to attract the interest of the right school.
"It was hard at the beginning," Redemptorist's Russell Gage admitted. Gage sweated out the recruiting process before finally landing a scholarship from LSU. "I had to go through a lot of, I guess, counseling with my parents. Prayer, prayer really helps. And in the end, it all pays off."
For East Ascension's Darville, chasing a college dream meant overcoming a lot of, "pain. But it was all worth it. Everything we did, on and off the field, in the classroom, it was all worth it. And I'd do it again if I had to."