DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — While the early signing period in December 2019 saw most of the Class of 2020 formally sign with college football programs, in the Extra Point coverage zone around 30 players signed their National Letter of Intent to play collegiate ball.
“It is very exciting,” South Alabama commit Dustin Woodham said. “Let me tell you, this is awesome.”
“I’m just blessed to be here,” Alabama State commit Dylan Creech said. “I wouldn’t do it without God.”
For most players, this day is something they’ve dreamed about since they were young.
“It’s a dream come true,” Georiga Southern commit Jalen White said. “I feel blessed because not everybody gets this opportunity, and I’ve been dreaming about this since I was about yay high. I’m planning on going to the NFL so it’s the first step. It’s a process.”
“Growing up me and brothers all we wanted to do was football, football, football,” Huntington College commit Kahari McReynolds said. “We played all the sports, but it’s always been football since we were little kids.”
When making his decision where to play next, Russell Weeks thought about life after football.
“Just knowing what life would be like after college,” Army commit Russell Weeks said. “I know that there’s endless opportunities coming from that place, and that’s really what set it apart for me.”
Signing day is also a special day for the parents.
“Super excited we never dreamt West Point,” Weeks’ mom, Jennifer, said. “It’s a great opportunity, so we’re excited for him.”
One coach said that it’s beautiful to see his player’s dreams come true.
“It’s a joyous, sad day because usually when they sign they’re really good,” Eufaula Head Coach Ed Rigby said. “That means you don’t have them coming back. So, it’s a joy for them but it’s a sad day too.”
Many of the players said their coaches mentioned the possibility of being able to play as a freshman.