Walter Lunsford had other offers, but there was something about that final visit that got his attention.
The senior defensive lineman signed a college grant-in-aid Wednesday to venture way north to play his college football at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.
The Golden Eagles play in the Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Lunsford was one of three Vikings to sign college football scholarships Wednesday, the national signing day for high school football players.
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Fullback/defensive lineman Maurice Morrison signed with Miles College of the Division II Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and center Dison Martin signed with Division III Birmingham-Southern College.
“They had been in contact with me since the beginning of my senior year,” said Lunsford. a member of the Ledger-Enquirer’s Dandy Dozen. “I went up there for an official visit last weekend and I decided that’s where I wanted to sign.”
Lunsford had been contacted by a number of schools and offered by Valdosta State of the Division II Gulf South Conference. He had 73 tackles, 9.5 sacks and 14 tackles for losses for Pacelli last season.
Morrison said Miles just felt like the right place. The Golden Bears are coached by Billy Joe, a member of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Hall of Fame and the Florida A&M Hall of Fame.
Morrison had 98 tackles for the Vikings last season, including 11.5 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. On offense, he had 982 yards rushing, 146 yards receiving and earned first team honors Class A All-State honors from the AP.
“Miles is close to home and it has the No. 4 graduation rate in the country,” Morrison said of Miles, which is located in the Birmingham, Ala., suburb of Fairfield.
Martin graded 81 percent for the year blocking in the Vikings offensive line. “Birmingham-Southern just seemed like the right choice for me,” he said. The Panthers’ football program is a young but growing one.
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