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Several local players expected to sign today

From staff reports

National Signing Day is today and once again, the Southern Crescent will have more than its share of college football signees.

Leading the way is Lovejoy High School with several Division I signees.

Quarterback Kisan Flakes, the Southern Crescent Offensive Player of the Year, is expected to sign with the University of Illinois. Other signees from Lovejoy include 2003 Southern Crescent Co-Defensive Player of the Year Jeremy Lomax (Georgia, defensive end), Anthony Parker (Tennessee, offensive lineman), Richard Carter (Alabama-Birmingham, defensive end), Santini Washington (Coastal Carolina, wide receiver), Shannon Mayfield, (Cornell), Aaron Williams (Mesabi Range Community and Technical College or Hutchinson Community College) and Vernard Hoover (Alabama Birmingham).

"These student athletes have worked hard inside and outside of the classroom," Lovejoy head coach Al Hughes said. "I am proud of what they have accomplished so far and I know that these young men will be exciting additions to their respective schools."

At Jonesboro High School, Jamal Lewis has committed to Georgia Tech while teammate Darrell Robertson has verbally committed to Florida State.

Mt. Zion's Maurice Leggett is slated to sign with Valdosta State, Riverdale's Anthony Edwards is slated to sign with Florida A&M. North Clayton is expecting to sign several players.

Over in Henry County, Michael Rozier is expected to sign with the University of North Carolina to play football and baseball.

Rozier is also one of the top prospects in this spring's Major League Baseball's first-year amateur draft and has been projected by some reports to be picked in the first round.

Union Grove's Troy Wood is slated to sign with the United States Naval Academy.

"It's quite an honor and it's an exciting time for him," Union Grove athletic director Scott Mason said. Fort Valley State will get two players from the area as Stockbridge's Willie Copeland and Eagle's Landing's Rashad Smith are expected to sign today. Eagle's Landing's Drew Glenn is slated to sign with Savannah State.

The verbal commitments are non-binding until the player signs his letter-of-intent.