WARNER ROBINS, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Northside High School in Warner Robins had a big day today.
Six seniors signed to play college football after a 10-2 season this year.
Thomas Brown signed with Graden City Jr. College in Garden City, Kansas. Brown was a three-year defensive starter for the Eagles and played for two state semifinalist teams. During his career, Brown had 165 tackles, two interceptions, seven tackles-for-loss and four QB sacks.
Darius Holmes signed with Alabama State in Montgomery, Alabama. He started for two years on the Eagles' defense and special teams. Holmes' career numbers include six interceptions (two returned for a touchdown), 13 pass break-ups, 53 tackles (3 for loss), and four blocked kicks.
A.J. Banks signed with Hutchinson Junior College in Hutchinson, Kansas. He started three years for the Eagles' defense. Banks' career numbers include 120 tackles (13 for loss), 12 QB sacks, and four fumbles caused.
Devonte Taylor signed with Pasadena Community College in Pasadena, California. Taylor's career numbers include 42 tackles, an interception, six pass break-ups and a kick return for a touchdown. Offensively he had 22 rushes for 96 yards.
Tyler Martin signed with Kennesaw State University near Marietta, Georgia. He started for two years on the Eagles offense. He allowed Eagles running backs to rush for almost 3,000 yards over the course of the season. Martin is a All-Region and All-Middle Georgia Offensive Lineman.
Arlie Weber also signed with Kennesaw State University. Weber started at tight end this season. He was a threat blocking as well as receiving. He had seven receptions for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Coaches speak highly of Weber's intelligence and leadership qualities.
"We tell them at the beginning of every year--the torch has been passed on to you...This group is a lot like several of the other groups that we've had through the years--and that's a good thing. As long as they keep trying to live up to those standards of Northside football."
So this class is like other senior classes--all exceptional, and that proverbial passed torch helped propel 6 seniors into college football next year.
"I'm actually really ready to go up there and see how it is and get to know new people, and I'm just ready to play," said Banks.
"It's crazy I mean I never dreamed going into ninth grade here I'd ever have a signing day. It's just, I can't describe the feeling--it's just amazing," said Weber.
Banks and Weber are two of the six who signed Wednesday morning in the high school cafeteria.
"I'm going to take the Northside attitude up there," said Weber. "I'm going to go up there doing what I know how to do--know how to work and I'm just going to lead those guys and I'm going to help build a winning tradition at Kennesaw."
And Coach Kinsler couldn't have been prouder.
"Their character--just a real quality group of young men that worked hard," said Kinsler. "I didn't ever have to worry about them doing the right thing and being where they're supposed to be. And I always could count on the kind of effort they were going to give whether it be in the weight room or out on the practice field or out on the game field."
More than 150 were on hand to celebrate with the players, including family and friends.
Teammates attended as well, hoping to keep the strong Northside tradition alive.