College on their minds

Collin Bing and Jerico Brown have already seared the date in their mind.

So have Kevin Davenport and Lonnie Moore.

The four Glenn Hills football players, who have known each other since recreation league days, will be on different teams next year.

They stood in one corner of the school's library Wednesday after signing binding letters-of-intent to their respective schools, imagining how they line up against each other in the fall.

Bing, who will play for Morgan State, warned Brown, who will play at South Carolina State, he would be good for 200 rushing yards when they meet Nov. 14.

"Negative 200 yards," Brown said.

Davenport, who will play wide receiver at Savannah State, told Moore: "Savannah is going to roll Tuskegee."

Glenn Hills, along with Laney, set area highs in players participating in National Signing Day.

The Spartans had an area-high four players sign scholarships to four-year colleges Wednesday. Bing, Brown and Davenport will play for Division I-AA schools. Linebacker Lonnie Moore signed with Division II Tuskegee.

Laney also had five players sign scholarships, led by defensive back Courtney Roundtree's decision to attend Gardner-Webb.

"This many guys -- it says a lot about what coach (Lemuel) Lackey has done," Roundtree said. "They're teaching us about life, not just football."

Also signing from Laney were running back Eugene Moore (Carson-Newman) and wide receiver James Bing (Tusculum). Linemen Arthur Hope and Jeremiah Joseph signed with New Mexico Prep, a postgraduate program tied with New Mexico Community College.

Lackey said the five players signing was a school record. The seniors led Laney to seven wins and a ninth consecutive trip to the playoffs in the fall.

"It's gratifying ... it's a (sign) that the kids are getting somewhere out of the program; they've earned this," said Lackey, who added that as many as five additional players could sign in the coming months.

Glenn Hills coach Ernest Tolbert took turns posing for pictures with his four signees, who helped deliver the school's second playoff berth since 1989.

"This is my greatest joy right here," he said. "Having football be a vehicle for these men to get their education."

Someone asked Moore what it would have been like to do this alone, instead of alongside his three pals.

"I probably wouldn't have been able to put a smile on my face," Moore said.

Said Bing, "We all have the same chance to make something of ourselves."

Billy Byler contributed to this article.

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