National signing day: 43 Bi-City players sign national letters of intent to play in college

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 1, 2012 

National signing day in the Bi-City started off with a bang as Central-Phenix City quarterback Jonathan Wallace revealed that he would be going to Auburn.

Wallace had been committed to Southern Miss before coach Larry Fedora left for North Carolina. Wallace began looking at other schools and just recently committed to Central Florida.

But he received an offer from Auburn on Monday and accepted it right away.

“Auburn, of course, has always been the place I’ve wanted to go,” Wallace said. “I got the offer that I wanted and the opportunity to play there and in the SEC. I look forward to the challenge.”

Wallace wasn’t the only player to sign with a Division I school on Wednesday.

Teammate Jonathan Curry, a tight end for Central, signed with Purdue. Northside’s Jalen Lacy is headed to Air Force,

Meanwhile, Carver had three Division-I signees among its total of 17 players who signed.

Deion Bonner will play at Tennessee, while Artimus Samuel will play at Mississippi State and Derious Bennett will play at Middle Tennessee State.

“The reputation we have at Carver for preparing our players on and off the football field speaks volumes,” McGee said. “I think that adds to the success of our program and hopefully we can continue to build on that.”

A total of 43 players in the Bi-City signed Wednesday to continue their football careers, including 15 who signed with Point University. Point is the former Atlanta Christian College, which is relocating to West Point and will play in the NAIA in the fall.

There was also signings for a basketball player and a soccer player.

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