Prior to the signing ceremony on Wednesday afternoon where he and Jalen Lacy announced the next step in their football careers, Northside High wide receiver Chris Bryant referred to “my quarterback, Jalen.”
Bryant stepped into the future with the realization, “He’s not my quarterback anymore.”
Lacy is now the future quarterback of the United States Air Force Academy. Bryant will be catching passes for Point University.
Lacy will move to Colorado to fulfill his dream of playing college football, while Bryant will stay closer to home.
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“It’s pretty far from home, and I have a lot of support here,” Lacy said. “But I have an aunt in Denver, so I’ll have some support out there, too.”
Point University, formerly Atlanta Christian College, will relocate to West Point, Ga., in the fall. A recent visit told Bryant that Point was the place for him.
“I’ll come in as a wide receiver,” Bryant said. “They’ll have a full-on practice where everybody will get a chance to prove themselves. They haven’t recruited a lot of wide receivers.”
Lacy hopes to continue taking snaps for the Falcons.
“I want to stay at quarterback,” Lacy said. “More than likely I will, but I know playing Division I will be a whole lot different than high school ball.”
A large contingent of family, friends, students and faculty celebrated the athletes’ achievements. Athletic director Morgan Ingram and coach Paul Cates addressed the crowd.
Ingram noted that the class of 2012 entered Northside when he and Cates did.
“It was our first class,” Ingram said. “Coach Cates and I couldn’t be prouder of the growth of these young men. It’s quite a tribute to their parents.”
Cates told Lacy and Bryant that their desire and perseverance got them the opportunity to play on Saturdays.
“It’s up to you to wring every ounce of it to get what you want and deserve in life,” Cates said.