MANY, La. (KALB) - Many High School saw four players sign letters of intent to play college football at the Division I level.
Ni'Kendrick Carter poses with his FIU themed cake.
Surrounded by their teammates and various family members, the four gathered for a signing event in the school's library to celebrate the day together, something Head Coach Jess Curtis said was the players' idea.
"They approached me and said they wanted to do this together," said Curtis. "Which I think really speaks to these guys' bond and character. They are really close and wanted to share this moment."
"Man, I love those guys, man. Those are my brothers. I wouldn't want to share this moment with any other group," said Shacori Williams, who signed with Army.
For the players, they all shared the same feeling now that their recruitment process is over: relief.
"For me, now I can just focus on getting better. It was a very stressful process and now, I can kind of relax and focus on my game again," said Tavier Williams, who signed with UL-Monroe.
The recruitment process was different for each of the players, but for each of them, they feel like they are right where they belong.
"For me, I was committed to TCU at one point, I felt like that was where I was going to go," said Myron Warren, who rocked a burnt orange jacket and threw up the horns as he signed with Texas. "But, in the end, Texas was always there, they always came after me hard. I feel like I'm right where I belong."
"I was initially committed to SMU, but after my position change, they got a little cold with their recruitment. I got offered by FIU this summer, and to be honest I had forgot about them," said Carter, who is now a Golden Panther. "But something told me to text them, God told me to text them. They still wanted me, so I went on my visit and I loved it, I didn't want to come home."
Having four players sign with FBS schools would be an achievement for any school, but Coach Curtis believes that having these guys sign sets an example for younger players in the program.
"These guys signing together really do set an example. The 7th graders, the 8th graders, freshman, they can look at these guys and they know that if they do everything right and take care of their academics, they can also be sitting their signing those papers one day."