Signing day a dream come true for local athletes

Signing Day
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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"Man, I can't even...I'm so overwhelmed right now."

That was about the only thing South Aiken's Justin Day could muster immediately following signing his national letter of intent.

For most, it really was a moment that couldn't be put into words. It's the raw emotion of knowing your life and your football career is really just getting started.

"It's been a dream since middle school growing up watching college football," Augusta Christian's Tyler Roberson said. "It's great. It's a great blessing."

The dreams started becoming real bright and early at Thomson, where four players signed Division One offers.

Three Bulldogs, Chris Jordan, William Bussey and Bernard Dawson are on their way to Georgia Southern...set to be teammates once again.

Bussey said, "For me to go play with my teammates that I played with for four years and probably more than that in rec, it feels great to know that you have somebody down there that you can trust."

The fourth Dawg, Jordan Davis, trades gold for red, hitting the road to athens to accomplish a longtime goal.

"Coming up through high school, it's what I wanted, and it's amazing because I get to live that dream," Davis said.

The CSRA sees two other stars join Mark Richt's team, but both took very different paths.

Swainsboro's Rico Johnson committed to the G last summer.

Aquinas' Brendan Douglas did it just last week, decommitting from Georgia Tech in the process.

He said, "Georgia Tech was a great school, but I think ultimately I would just be happier at Georgia."

They won't be the only three going to the SEC. While South Aiken teammates DeAndre Cchoultz and Terell Johnson inked to The Citadel and Newberry, Justin Day takes the SEC road less traveled, joining brand new Coach Mark Stoops at Kentucky.

"He loved me," Day said about Stoops. "He was like, 'I want you, and there's no turning back,' and I got on board with him."

Other signings dotted the morning and afternoon.

New state champ Tyler Roberson went with his first offer at Chattanooga, Josey's Quantavious Cheatham and Albert Greenwood went with Fort Valley State, and North Augusta's Parker Collins picked Appalachian State where he'll face plenty of former teammates in the Southern Conference.

"We're friends outside of there," Collins said. "But when we get on the field it's different."

Parker's teammates Trey Morgan and Devin Grimes took Western Carolina and Benedict.

At Laney, it was a trio of Wildcats being celebrated. Jeremy Smith and Dayquan Miller chose Alabama A&M, while George Myers is going to Grambling.

It only took a moment to sign, but for these kids, today was about a lot more than a piece of paper.

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