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CHUCK WILLIAMS chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.com

Video: Auburn's John Broussard returns to Central to support former teammates on national signing day

Former Central High School football John Broussard, who already signed and early enrolled at Auburn University, returned to Central Wednesday morning to support eleven teammates who were signing to play college football.
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Former Central High School football John Broussard, who already signed and early enrolled at Auburn University, returned to Central Wednesday morning to support eleven teammates who were signing to play college football.

It was a banner day at Central High School on Wednesday and defensive back John Broussard came home to celebrate with his teammates.

One by one, 12 Central Red Devils signed with colleges on national signing day. Most of them were foregone conclusions -- like Broussard.

He has passed up his last semester at Central to enroll at Auburn. Wednesday as he high school teammates were dressed in coats and ties, Broussard was back in his old stomping grounds wearing his new Auburn sweatsuit.

“It feels really good to see all of my friends,” said Broussard, who led Central to Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 7A state semifinals. “They have all supported me and I wanted to come back and support them.”

Broussard was a first-team All-Bi-City selection as a senior and was listed as a four-star recruit and the No. 27 cornerback in the country, according to 247sports’ composite rankings.

It was a nearly hour-long parade of players signing as their family, friends, pastors and in one case personal trainer stood behind them in support.

Broussard was one of four Central players to sign with major colleges. Jamal Couch, a 6-foot-5, 217-pound wide receiver, signed with Mississippi State. Couch had originally committed to Florida State, but turned the Bulldogs a couple of weeks ago and held firm.

“I am just ready to get it over with,” Couch said.

Central's Jamal Couch signed Wednesday morning with Mississippi State University. Couch was one of twelve players participating in the national signing day ceremony at Central High School in Phenix City.

Two of the top high school players in the Columbus region also made it official that they were going to play Division I. All-Bi-City offensive player of the year Quan Weaver with Southern Miss and All-Bi-City defensive player of the year Walter Pritchett with Troy.

Central High School football player Quan Weaver signed Wednesday morning with the University of Southern Mississippi.

Pritchett, perhaps, had the best perspective of the day. He has battled through injuries and said he was blessed to be signing.

“This is really not about where you go,” he said. “It is about going somewhere and getting your education paid for.”

Walter Pritchett, football player with Central High School in Phenix City,signed Wednesday morning with Troy University.

Weaver said he felt comfortable with Southern Miss from the outset.

“They were the first school to recruit me,” he said. “And from the first time I visited, it felt like home.”

Defensive back Darius King, an honorable mention selection on the All-Bi-City team, signed with Alabama State, first-team All-Bi-City defensive lineman Toron Morten with Tennessee Tech, and Other signees at the ceremony included: J’Lan Carson, Faulkner, Jacorey Jones, Point University, Nic Lewis, Point University, Preston Loving, Point University, and Daveon Ward, Point University, Dru Daniel, Point.

 

Live from Central on National Signing Day

Posted by Ledger-Enquirer on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

 

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