Demontrez Brown enjoyed being a teammate of Kade Koler during their time at Bob Jones.
When the next football season rolls around, there will be a different perspective.
Brown, a receiver, signed with Troy today, while Koler, a linebacker, signed with South Alabama in December, meaning the two will be rivals in upcoming years.
Brown (6-foot-2 and 200 pounds) said he considered South Alabama and UCF before going with Troy. He was a Class 7A All-State receiver who also made the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. Brown caught 64 passes for 1,179 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also ran for 113 yards and scored twice.
“It will be crazy,” Brown said of opposing Koler in college. “I will try to outwork him.”
Brown said it was obvious to him to select Troy.
“It felt like family. They treated me like I had been there before.”
Koler (6-2, 230) also All-State and an All-Star, made 12.6 tackles per game from his linebacker post. He had 396 tackles for his career, nine stops for loss, and broke up six passes.
Koler chose USA over UAB, Eastern Kentucky and Chattanooga.
“They have a tremendous new coaching staff,” Koler said of the Jaguars, now led by Steve Campbell. “South made it an easy decision. They want me at inside linebacker, and they also have great facilities and a beautiful campus.”
Other Bob Jones players signing were defensive end Gavin Lewis, to North Carolina; offensive lineman Caleb Lawson, a preferred walkon at South Alabama; and Kevontae Higgins, an offensive lineman ho will play locally for a new school, Tennessee Valley Prep.
Lewis (6-4, 275) said he chose UNC over Virginia and UCLA. The defensive end made 44 tackles, nine for loss, with 14 quarterback hurries. He was selected for the Alabama-Mississippi game.
Lewis said he picked the Tar Heels for family and personal reasons.
“It was how they treated my mom on my official visit,” Lewis said. “It’s a family program, plus what was best for me outside of football.”
Lewis was one of two Huntsville Region players to sign with North Carolina, joining Madison County linebacker Matthew Flint.
Bob Jones coach Kevin Rose, who has completed nine seasons of leading the Patriots, said more than 50 of his players have gone on to play in college.
“It is great for these kids to get the opportunity to further their careers,” he said. “It gives other kids in Madison schools something to aspire to.”
By John Ferry | firstname.lastname@example.org