After leading the Warriors to the Class AAAAAA state semifinals with a 10-3 record last fall, each of them officially signed Wednesday with different Southern Conference schools. Borishade is heading to Chattanooga, Miller to Furman and Ume to Western Carolina.
“We’re already talking about who’s going to beat who,” said Miller, a receiver. “And coaches are already talking about going to games.”
It’s obvious that the North Cobb teammates love to nudge each other occasionally for deciding to play for rival colleges, but a part of them may not be comfortable yet about being rivals.
“It’s going to feel weird, I’ve been playing football with (Miller) since the seventh grade,” said Borishade, a receiver who had 55 catches for 1,108 yards and 13 touchdowns this past season. “But I’m looking forward to it.”
But when it’s all said and done, all three Warriors are thrilled to be playing at the next level.
Miller was so ecstatic, he said he tweeted to everyone, saying that Wednesday was the “best day of his life.”
Ume, a lineman, said he was “ready to get to (Western Carolina) and get started.”
Another North Cobb product, James King, signed on with Morehead State — another FCS program that plays out of the Pioneer League — and said he is expecting to compete for a starting position at cornerback right away.
The trio of Borishade, Miller and Ume weren’t the only locals who signed to play in the Southern Conference.
Georgia Southern, a three-time reigning FCS semifinal team, added a couple of players from the area.
Lassiter’s Nick Sewak is touted as the best long snapper in the state and signed with the Eagles to help their special teams woes. Georgia Southern, which also signed a kicker Wednesday, was only 8-for-22 on field-goal attempts in the 2012 season, with six misses from inside of 30 yards and five attempts blocked.
Sewak also has the benefit of being more familiar with Georgia Southern than perhaps any of its other signees. He is the son of Mike Sewak, who spent a total of seven seasons in Statesboro as an assistant to Erk Russell and Paul Johnson before becoming the Eagles’ head coach for four seasons from 2002-05.
The elder Sewak is now the offensive line coach for Johnson at Georgia Tech.
Georgia Southern will also be getting linebacker Kel Parham, who posted 81 tackles and two interceptions his senior year with the Indians.
Lassiter receiver Willie Police, who had a season-best performance of 206 receiving yards and four touchdowns against Kell in September, will be joining Ume at Western Carolina.
Region 4AAAAAA rivals Trey Warren (Marietta) and Chauncey Ingram (South Cobb) are about to become teammates at Tennessee-Martin, but they will most likely be working on opposite sides of the ball, with Warren at defensive end and Ingram lining up at receiver.
“Yeah, we’ve been talking about that a lot,” Ingram said about being teammates with Warren. “It’s going to be neat. We’re both from the same area.”
Ingram, along with quarterback Stephon Masha (Liberty) and J.T Alphabet (Indiana State) are part of the largest signing class of South Cobb’s history, with eight players garnering scholarships.
Wheeler kicker J.D. Barron, who kicked a game-winning 49-yard field goal against Roswell in October, will join Campbell offensive lineman Stephen Washington and Sprayberry wide receiver Miles Wallace at Savannah State.
Walker defensive end Colin Mitchell and Kell defensive end/tight end Michael Valero will help Mercer launch its football program in the fall, Stetson will get Lassiter linebacker Ryan Gildea and defensive back Devonte Moore, and Pebblebrook linebacker Tyberius Cravens signed with South Carolina State.