ROCHELLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A Wilcox County wide receiver will spend his college years in the ACC.
Johnathan Howard Wednesday signed his letter of intent to head to the University of North Carolina.
Surrounded by family sporting Tar Heel colors, Howard decided to sign with UNC because he feels he's got a good chance to get a lot of playing time.
"They were in a struggle with receivers, losing receivers here and there," says Howard. "They were pretty short on the depth chart, so it gave me a good chance of going in and competing with the other freshmen that committed there."
Howard says he chose UNC over Clemson. He says Auburn would have been his third choice. His cousin Nick Marshall committed to AU Wednesday out of a community college in Kansas.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Five different players from one Macon school made their college decisions final Wednesday.
Westside High School will keep four of those players in the Peach State while one will move north to Tennessee.
They almost couldn't fit them all behind one table.
The five young men have spent the last four years making their coach a proud man.
"I'm just so happy at the right choices that they've made,' says head coach Sheddrick Risper. "(Now) they're able to move on to the next level."
Quarterback Noah Grayer will take his talents to Reinhardt University in Waleska.
"I'm very happy that everybody came out and supported me," says Grayer. "My family, my coaches, my friends, they stuck with me through thick and thin."
Defensive back Kimball Magee and D-Tackle Brian Whitaker are both going to West Georgia, where their head coach played in the 90s.
"(It) felt like home," says Whitaker. "Felt a good vibe. Football was great. Everything was great."
"I became a man at West Georgia and hopefully these guys will take the same things that they're trying to teach up there right now into their lives," says Risper.
"I see the great man that he is and hopefully I'll get to that point one day," says Magee.
D-Tackle Jalen Lawrence chose Georgia State out of a long list of offers.
"Man, it's nothing but love," says Lawrence. "They love me and I love them. I love the campus. I love everything about it."
And rounding out "Westside's 5" was wide receiver Shannon Smith.
Smith fliipped his commitment from Troy to Middle Tennessee State after his visit to Murfreesboro late last month.
"When I went on my visit to Middle Tennessee, they showed me a great time," says Smith. "They have great coaches. All the players showed me a great time. They have a great academic program and I feel like I can do big things there."
Coach Risper says that many guys signing isn't that much out of the ordinary for Westside High.
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - A Stratford Academy graduate and former head coach will return to his alma mater to coach the school's football team.
A release from Stratford Academy says Mark Farriba, a 1974 graduate of Stratford and a member of Stratford's 2010 inaugural class of the Athletic Hall of Fame, will replace Coach Rodney Collins, who retired this year.
Farriba most recently served as head football coach at Prince Avenue Christian School in Bogart.
"We are very excited to have Coach Farriba return home to lead the Stratford football program," says Stratford Athletic Director Grady Smith. "His ability to continue to build on the tradition and excellence of Stratford athletics is very important."
At Prince Avenue, Farriba led the Wolverines to the 2011 GHSA A State Semifinals and the 2012 GHSA A State Championship game. Prior to his time at Prince Avenue, Farriba served as head coach at Stratford Academy, leading the Eagles to the 2004 GISA AAA State Championship and at First Presbyterian Day School where his team won the 1985 State Championship. Throughout his 19-year head coaching career, Farriba has compiled an overall record of 134-81-3.
Following a standout high school career at Stratford where he garnered All-State honors in Football, Basketball and Baseball, Farriba played football at the University of Georgia where he was a member of the 1976 SEC Championship Team. Farriba has also served as a Graduate Assistant Coach at the Universities of Georgia and Kentucky.