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Dennard brothers, Legrier sign from Wilcox

Alfonzo and Lorenzo Dennard may not be playing together for a couple of years, but Lorenzo Dennard sees the two playing together again in the future.

If that happens, it will happen at Nebraska. Alfonzo Dennard signed with the Cornhuskers and their new coaching staff, led by head coach Bo Pelini, during National Signing Day on Wednesday. Lorenzo Dennard signed to play quarterback with Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College but said he could see the Cornhuskers in his future, as well.

"I just decided to go to junior college and have more options after I finish there," he said. "I'll probably transfer with my brother at Nebraska. That would be good, very exciting."

Alfonzo Dennard already has plenty to be excited about. He said the Nebraska coaches want him to play cornerback and are planning for him to compete for playing time right away.

"They want me to come in and work hard and work my way up," he said. "It feels pretty good, going to play for Nebraska. They've been a national title contender for a long time. (The first game at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium), I'm going to be a little shaky, but possibly I can overcome that."

Alfonzo Dennard wasn't the only FBS signee for Patriots on Wednesday as Deauntay Legrier signed with Western Michigan.

Legrier is also planning to play right away and said the coaches are looking at him at middle linebacker or defensive end.

"Just the community itself, the players took me up under their wings, and they have a great coaching staff," Legrier said of his choice. "I'm going in next year to play, but it's just how I do over the summer.

"I'm very excited, just having the opportunity to play at Division I and make my family proud."

One other proud person Wednesday was head coach Mark Ledford, who said Alfonzo Dennard and Legrier are the first two FBS signees in his time with the program.

"It's a proud moment, to know that we had kids who were blessed and born with talent," Ledford said, "and through their work and coming up through our program they signed with quality schools. The good thing about it, too, is we haven't had a lot of signees in the past; these guys have blazed the trail a little bit. It's good for the younger kids who have talent to see what hard work can do for them."

All three Wilcox County players were named to the Georgia Sports Writers Association All-State team.

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