The players are Jacob Chastain, Jamar Posey, Dino Dorris, Zach Frye and J Camarena.
Chastain, an outside linebacker, was a three-year starter at Woodland; Posey, a right tackle and two-year starter; Dorris, linebacker and three-year starter; Zach Frye, strong safety who started his senior year; and Camarena, the team’s place kicker his senior year.
Head coach Vince DiLorenzo said he hopes the players make their marks at the next level, whether as a player or in the classroom.
“It’s truly been a pleasure coaching these young men and leading them into battle on Friday nights,” DiLorenzo said. “I hope the experience they had being a part of Woodland football helps them become successful on the collegiate level — this pertains to the classroom as well as the football field.
“As the head coach of Woodland, it is always my desire to help these young men become a strong example of a true student athlete.”
Coach Adrian Steele, recruiting coordinator, said he enjoyed going through the recruitment process with the players.
“It was a pleasure to help these young men pursue their dream of playing collegiate football,” he said. “These young men have received a great opportunity to continue playing the sport they love and earning a quality education at the same time.
“It’s my desire to make sure the young men we coach will be successful in life, become productive citizens and positive role models in the community.”
Chastain signed to play football for the Fighting Scots at Maryville College in Tennessee.
Chastain said he was invited to visit the college in the spring.
“Coaches showed me around the school and talked to me about committing,” Chastain said. “About two weeks later I committed.”
The Wildcat said coach Steele had already sent film of his playing days at Woodland.
He said the decision to attend Maryville was easy.
“I liked the campus and the way the coaches and players seemed to have bonded,” he said. “It just seemed like the right place to be.”
Chastain said he plans to attend Maryville for four years and then go to veterinary school.
“I’ve lived on a farm [off Burnt Hickory Road] all my life and enjoy being around animals,” he said.
Posey will be taking his talents to Birmingham Southern in Alabama starting in the fall.
The right tackle said Birmingham Southern coaches saw film of him playing at Woodland and expressed an interest.
Posey said he also researched the school and saw it “offered my major and had a great football program.”
“After my visit, I just fell in love with the campus,” he said. “It has a nice atmosphere.”
He said it also will help him pursue a career after his playing days are finished.
“I plan to enroll in the electrical engineering program,” he said. “I hope to finish four years with an associate degree and transfer to an associated school and further my education in engineering.”
He said he also looks forward to playing football there. “I love football and playing it will help build character and help me along the road in finding out who I am in life.”
Posey expects to be switched to the defensive line at Birmingham Southern.
Dorris, a linebacker and three-year starter at Woodland, is looking forward to helping start a tradition at Berry College, which kicks off its first season of football next year.
He said he was drawn to the school because of its size and layout. “I saw the campus and fell in love with it.”
Dorris said he visited Berry a couple of times and then went back for an adventure visit and learned how spacious the largest college campus in the U.S. is.
Dorris expects to play linebacker — either inside or outside — for the Vikings.
He said he enjoys the game and the teamwork it requires of players.
“I have loved the sport ever since I was a little kid,” he said. “I like being on a team bonding and hanging out with your friends.”
Dorris said he will use his scholarship to help obtain an education.
“I plan to enroll in their sports medicine program and try to be a trainer or maybe even a physical therapist,” he said. “I also am considering nursing classes since it may help me with the sports medicine aspect of my degree.”
Dorris said he hopes to obtain a degree that will help him become a trainer so he can stay around sports.
“I don’t even care which sport,” he added. “I just like to be around sports in general.”
Frye has signed with Tusculum College near Johnson City, Tenn.
The Woodland first-year starter said he is going as an athlete and hopes to continue as a strong safety on the football field but is open to other positions.
Frye said he became interested in Tusculum because Brandon and Trey Thompson — two former Wildcats — go there and spoke highly of the school.
“I like having some friends up there,” he admitted. “It’s also a nice campus.”
He said he has multiple academic interests presently and will have to narrow his pursuits later.
“I’ve always dreamed of owning my own business, but I’ve also wanted to coach football and wrestling,” he said. “Those are the things I’m most interested in.”
Camarena will be joining Dorris at Berry.
He said he’s known about the college for a long time but his interest was piqued as he started making plans to attend college.
“I have always heard it was a good school,” he said. “It’s a small school and is like a close-knit family.
“It’s also the largest college campus in the U.S., and I’ve always enjoyed outdoor activities.”
He said coach Steele provided Berry with film of him kicking at Woodland and Viking coaches approached him in March.
“I toured the campus and was overwhelmed,” he said. “It’s beautiful.”
Camarena said he also likes being part of the first class to play football at Berry.
“We’re pioneers,” he said. “It’s very exciting to be part of a program that's just starting, being a part of Berry's history. It’s definitely an honor.”
He said the college fits his needs.
“I looked at the academic programs and they are important to me, to further my education.
“I am not fully decided on what I want to be. I am interested in marketing, psychology and the prelaw program. Berry opens the door to a lot of places I might want to go.”
He expects to be trying out as a place kicker at Berry.
“I was looking at Ivory League schools before, but I didn’t want to get so far away from my family.”
At Berry he won’t have to.