Eleven Newton football players signed college scholarships Wednesday as national signing day presented high school seniors throughout the country to officially choose the next stop of their playing career.
Akeem Hunt, D.J. Hill, Robert Roquemore, Deandre Rashada, Devon Mann, Chris Dickerson, Sammy Merchant, Tarik Dudley, Jamal Hunte, Cadarius Terrel and Cornelius Hudson each will continue their football careers come fall.
Three players, Hunt (Purdue University), Hill (University of Virginia) and Roquemore (University of Memphis) signed to play at major Division 1 schools.
"That's extremely big for our program," Newton head coach Cortez Allen said. "That just talks of the type of talent we've had here and the ability of our coaches to develop those kids – and the hard work of the program. Those kids worked hard and based on their hard work, they reap the benefits. They'll get to live the dream that all kids who want to play college football have."
Dickerson, Merchant, Dudley, Hunt and Terrel will all attend Chattahoochee Technical College. Hudson signed at Tusculum College and Mann and Covington News Defensive Player of the Year Rashada will attend Morehouse College and Alabama State University respectively.
"These parents realize if they put the work in now, they'll reap the benefits later," Allen said. "The parents play a big deal because if they don't understand what it takes to get to this level – not going on family vacations during the summer and missing some of the things families do over the summer. Every parent here is happy and excited about their kids' opportunities."