The school district also hosted a countywide “Signing Day Spectacular” for the players to share their choices with the rest of the county as the event was broadcast live on the website Paulding.tv.
The signees, along with their coaches and families, came to Stars and Strikes in Dallas where they all were fed and celebrated.
Each signee did a brief interview with County Athletic Director Don Breedlove, announced their choice and watched highlights from their high school career which was shown on a screen behind them.
“For the first time, it went well. It gave the kids time for some individual attention and to celebrate with their friends. Overall [it was] a good event and one to improve upon,” said Breedlove.
Of the 13 signees that day, only 12 were present as one was unable to attend the event.
From East Paulding, tight end Aaron Black signed with Furman University in Greenville, S.C. Punter Estaban Ayala and center Carson Hall signed with Mars Hill University in North Carolina. Running back Kyler Neal signed with Georgia State University as a tailback. Outside linebacker Lorenz Suttles signed with North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C. Running back Kamani Thomas signed with Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. And middle linebacker Demetrius James signed with Benedict College in Columbia, S.C.
“It’s their decision, it’s all about them. My job is just to make sure they are happy with their choices and I’m pleased with where they are going,” said East Paulding head coach Chuck Goddard.
From Paulding County High School, offensive lineman Mitchell Brice signed to the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky. Nose guard Julio Cortez and offensive lineman Joanel Jonais signed with Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Ky.
“I feel pretty good about everything. We had lots of adversity but these kids stuck with it and I know they’ll be successful players and people,” said head coach Scott Hamilton.
From North Paulding, defensive lineman Ron Bailey signed with Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.
“I think he made a good decision. I’ve known the coaches out there for years and they really take care of their players and have lots of personal interest in them,” said head coach Scott Jones.
From South Paulding, fullback Josh Anderson signed with Troy University in Troy, Ala., and defensive lineman Carnell Hopson signed with Georgia State University in Atlanta.
“Both are impact guys and eventually will impact their universities. With their desire and passion for football, they’re going to succeed and be big time contributors for their programs,” said head coach Tim Glanton.
Both East and South are expected to have more signings later in the semester.