The Kennesaw State football program is in its formative stages, but two of the Owls’ linemen already have their roommate situation lined up.Tyler Martin and Arlie Weber, teammates at Northside, accepted preferred walk-on offers at Kennesaw State during Northside’s National Signing Day ceremony Wednesday.
“It feels good to be able to go there with an old teammate and continue our brotherhood and to win games together,” Martin said.
Kennesaw State signed its first class of 29 players Wednesday as it continues preparations for its first competitive season in 2015. But the Owls also are bringing in a large number of preferred walk-ons as the program tries to fill its roster without running afoul of FCS scholarship limits. Much like Mercer in 2012, Kennesaw State will have a practice season this fall.
Martin, a 6-foot, 260-pound guard, is a two-year starter on a line that allowed Northside to rush for almost 3,000 yards during that span. Weber is a 6-3, 220-pound tight end who was a starter for Northside as a senior, recording seven catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
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“It’s going to be different, of course, with it being a different school,” Weber said. “But with me and Tyler going up there, it won’t be as harsh. We’ll be able to push each other on and off the field.”
Darius Holmes will also be playing in the FCS ranks after signing a national letter-of-intent with Alabama State.
A 6-0, 180-pound defensive back, Holmes was a two-year starter who also played on all special teams. He has six career interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, 13 pass break-ups, 53 tackles, three tackles for loss and four blocked kicks.
“Their facility is nice; I love their stadium,” Holmes said in reference to a new stadium built on the Hornets’ campus. “They showed me a good time. It’s not that far away from home. They have a great team and a great coaching staff.”
Three more will be playing collegiately in the junior college ranks.
Linebacker Thomas Brown signed with Garden City (Kan.), while defensive lineman A.J. Banks will play at another junior college in Kansas, Hutchinson. Defensive back/running back Devonte Taylor signed with Pasadena (Calif.) Community College.
Northside might have an FBS signing in the next few days. Quarterback Glenn Smith is making an official visit to Georgia State this weekend, according to head coach Kevin Kinsler, after which he will choose between that program and Southern Conference member Western Carolina.