Lakewood turned its signing day ceremony into an event on Wednesday. At the Center for Advanced Technology auditorium, students, friends and family packed inside while the school band played as the players were introduced individually.
The Spartans had five players sign and coach Cory Moore said there could be as many as 12 within the next few months.
Bernard Reedy Jr., the Times' county Offensive Player of the Year, was Lakewood's biggest recruit. He signed with Toledo and had other offers, including one from Western Kentucky.
"I felt all along I could've gone to a bigger school, but I'm real happy with my decision," he said. "Toledo really wanted me and the coaches were there through the whole process. They've been at my basketball game, my grandparents' house; the receivers coach even helped us put up our Christmas tree."
The biggest factor for brothers Ba'Ree (defensive lineman) and Xavius Boyd (defensive back) was to find a school where they could play together. They found that at Western Kentucky, where they both signed.
"It was a big decision for us to make," Xavius Boyd said. "The biggest decision was to be able to go to the same place. Now that we're able to do that, no one can stop us."
Offensive lineman Aram Wynn wanted to play out of state but decided an offer from FAMU was too good to pass up.
"They really swept me off my feet," he said. "It's a family-friendly school. They weren't as concerned about football as academics. It will me mature as a man."
The other Spartan signee was defensive back Burness Griffin, who will play at Benedictine College in Kansas.