For Augusta Christian’s Jordan Harper and Adonis Roberson, National Signing Day was about relief.
Harper, a 6-foot, 175-pound linebacker for the Lions looked at a few colleges while choosing where he wanted to go to school, but in the end it came down to signing with Mercer University in Macon.
“Finally, the wait is over,” Harper said after signing Wednesday. “I’m ready to start now.
“I was concentrating on getting recruited somewhere and juggling things, now I can just work on getting some other random scholarships.”
Roberson, who committed to Orangeburg-Calhoun Prep Academy (S.C.), also signed Wednesday.
“It’s a great feeling when what you plan for, you accomplish,” said Roberson, a 5-7 defensive back, returner and running back.
“To see the smile on my mom’s face and know all the hard work since ninth grade has paid off, it’s all worth it.”
Harper and Roberson helped the Lions to a 8-4 record in 2011 and a trip to the quarterfinals of the South Carolina Independent School Association playoffs.
Mercer has a new football team and won’t be playing any games until 2013, but that didn’t deter Harper.
“I love that,” he said. “It’s a free year. They’re not just recruiting a class but a whole team.”
Lions head coach Keith Walton knows the heady approach will work for his player.
“Jordan Harper thinks the game very well at linebacker,” Walton said.
“He has potential at the college level. The sky’s the limit.”
Heading into Mercer, however, Harper plans on moving to safety.
Roberson, who plans to work toward a degree in respiratory therapy while at the junior college, also will make some changes.
The Gladiators of Orangeburg-Calhoun are members of the National Club Football Association and members of the South Atlantic Conference and were the NCFA 2011 SAC champions.
“I have to get bigger and faster to stick with those guys,” Roberson said.
Roberson will concentrate on being a defensive back and returner.
“He’s a natural athlete and unbelievably fast. He takes the air out of the stadium each time he touches the ball,” Walton said. “I’m happy both these guys will get to play ball at the next level.”