Adairsville’s Cole McCreary will be playing collegiate football for the Berry College Vikings, who are part of the NCAA’s Southern Athletic Association.
Josh Cooper and Hayes Linn, teammates on this year’s 13-1 Cartersville Purple Hurricanes, took turns signing their letters of intent inside the high school’s media center.
Mercer University has not fielded a football team since 1941, but that did not stop Cooper from wanting to be part of the 2013 Bears’ defensive starting line up.
Instead of lining up against Adairsville or Cass, Linn has his sights set on stopping Notre Dame’s passing attack when the Irish play the Falcons of Air Force in late October.
Both Mercer and the Air Force Academy are Division I schools.
Although coach Frank Barden employed both Cooper and Linn at the wide receiver and defensive back positions, the two seniors expect to make immediate contributions as defensive backs at Mercer and Air Force, respectively. This past season, Cooper and Linn combined for 187 tackles and six interceptions.
Linn’s decision to concentrate on defense was an easy one since the Falcons institute the triple option on offense.
“Air Force throws the ball less than 10 times a game,” Linn said. “As a receiver, that means you catch one or two passes per game. As a defensive back, you have to focus on every play. I think that’s going to be the biggest change for me. I’m used to being on field every play. But I’ll be ready when the time comes to take the field on defense.”
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