Houston Countys first-year head coach Von Lassiter saw five of his players sign with the school of their choice Wednesday morning.
Wide receiver Brensten Lindsey signed with Alabama State, defensive back Quay Denning chose Coffeyville Community College and offensive lineman Hank Harrison signed with LaGrange College. Two Bears will continue their careers together at Kennesaw State in A.J. Burton and Matt Warren.
It was a great having a first group that really bought into our program, wanted to work hard and kind of changed the culture of the football program here, Lassiter said. It was exciting to see that they worked hard to really start something special here. I think that was their goal from the beginning and we were just glad as coaches to be a part of it.
The Bears finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak that led to a 5-2 record in GHSA Region 2-AAAAA. The season earned Houston County its first playoff appearance since 2006.
The first day (Lassiter) came in here and the first workout we had, we were working towards the playoffs then, Lindsey said. Everything that we said we were going to do, we did it. Thats a pretty cool thing.
Burton and Warren will each be a part of the first football team in Kennesaw State history when the Owls begin play in 2015. Kennesaw State will compete as a football-only member in the Big South Conference.
I cant wait when in a couple of years things really start rolling and we get some wins under our belt, Warren said. The staff is way up there with their qualifications, and its a great campus.
Denning intercepted four passes for the Bears and made arguably the play of their season in a rivalry victory over Warner Robins.
Coffeyville offered me a good program, and Ive just always wanted to play college football somewhere, Denning said. My goal is to move on to a four-year school and come back down here to the south.
Lindsey committed to West Georgia in early January and saw his recruiting interest peak late in the process before ultimately deciding to continue his football career at Alabama State. He has academic interest in communications or sports therapy.
The LaGrange-bound Harrison had the often overlooked, but enormously important job of snapping the football in the Bears shotgun offensive attack. LaGranges small class sizes weighed heavily on his decision and he plans to major in nursing with a career in trauma or emergency medicine after graduation.