WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Five Houston County bears signed their letters of intent to play in the next level of football.
AJ Burton played offensive and defensive line at HCHS, but he's taking on a new role as tight end and full back at Kennesaw State University as a preferred walk-on. His teammate, left tackle Matt Warren, is joining him as a preferred walk-on.
Both are glad they won't be too far away from home. Burton says he's prepared for the challenges that come with college.
"There's going to be a lot of distractions in college, I know that already," Burton said. "Hopefully I'll prevail over those and just do my best to succeed and be a better person that I am today."
Warren says he will miss HCHS.
"I'm going to miss the coaches, the staff that have helped me get to where we need to be in the classroom and on the field," Warren said.
Their teammate, defensive back Quay Denning, says it is going to be tough standing out at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. He says he is ready to play his hardest and be a role model for his family.
"This day means a lot to me," Denning said. "It just shows that hard work pays off and it shows my little sister that she can do anything she wants to do and anybody can do what they want to do, just put your mind to it."
Center Hank Harrison is heading two hours west to LaGrange College. Playing football in the next level was always his dream and he thanks Coach Von Lassiter for helping him get here.
"I've always looked up to football players," Harrison said. "I've always loved to watch, play football and now actually getting to do it, it just feels amazing to know that I'm getting to play football in college."
Wide receiver Brensten Lindsey is heading to Alabama State University. He says he's blessed to play college ball while receiving a free education. He also admits he will be a bit nervous the first time he takes the field.
"The stadium is pretty big so I'm going to be a bit star struck, but a hundred yards is a hundred yards," Lindsey said. "I think that's all its going to come down to, just playing my technique and playing football."
This is Coach Lassiter's first group of boys from HCHS to sign their letters of intent. He adds it is this day that makes the job so rewarding.
"It's always a good thing to win games and do good things on the field but whenever you get the kids in college and they get themselves in college because of their hard work on and off the field, it's very fulfilling as a football coach," Lassiter said.
All of the signees' friends, families,and teammates came out to support them and be with them on this special day.