Sitting on the table not too far from where Jordan’s Derek Brown was signing a national letter of intent was a cake.
On the cake was a picture of Brown as a 7-year-old playing youth football. Brown never thought when he started playing football that a decade later he’d be signing a scholarship to play Division II football.
But that became a reality on Friday afternoon when Brown signed with Fort Valley State.
“I just always prayed and was hoping that it would happen one day,” Brown said.
The Wildcats have recruited Brown as a wide receiver despite mostly playing quarterback during his high school career. He also played defensive back for the Red Jackets.
“It will be a big adjustment for me,” said Brown, who is 5-foot-8. “I am going to get into the weight room and work as hard as I possibly can.”
Brown, who was considering Shorter College and Alabama State, has always liked Fort Valley State. Mostly because he’s seen them play a handful of times in the Fountain City Classic, which is played A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium. Brown can’t remember how times he’s been there, but he knows he’s attended the last four.
“It’s going to be very exciting for me to play in Columbus,” he said. “Everyone – coaches, friends and family – will get the chance to see me play.”