Three Bainbridge football players sign to collegesPublished 9:01pm Friday, March 14, 2014
The Bearcats continue to create college-level players with three more seniors signing to play college football Wednesday.
Offensive and defensive lineman Chris Johnson signed to Reinhardt University. Running back and punt returner Craig Cooper signed to the College of Faith Charlotte and his brother Greg signed to the same school as well.
Johnson said he was looking forward to playing at Reinhardt. He said the coach ultimately swayed his decision to play there.
“It was a nice place when I visited and I know I have been talking with Coach Heath,” Johnson said. “He is a nice guy and he just understands how I want to play football and he is trying to get me there and everything worked out, fell into place.”
Johnson said signing day was a great honor and added he had been waiting and hoping for this day for four years, since he first began playing football his freshman year at Bainbridge High School.
“I have been ready to sign my name on one of these signing papers for a long time,” Johnson said, and he joked all the many hours of practice and hard work were well worth it. Johnson’s parents said they were proud of his accomplishment and acceptance to the football program.
Johnson earned a spot on the second team offensive All-Region. As a two-year starter, he had 28 intimidating blocks and had an overall grade of 85 percent.
The Cooper brothers said they were excited about attending the College of Faith Charlotte and playing the sport that they love.
“Its an opportunity to play football again,” Greg Cooper said.
The Coopers’ mother, Grace, was also excited. As a woman dedicated to her faith, she said she was pleased the school put an emphasis on bible studies and church.
“It’s a Christian school,” she said. “He chose this school because of his faith in God. One of the requirements is you have to go to church and Bible study so that you know that with the lord all things are possible.”
Craig said he was looking forward to a free education and being back on the gridiron.
“Its a Christian school,” Craig said. “Its a chance to get my college education for free and play football at the same time.”
Craig was a first team offensive all-purpose, return specialist and defensive back in the region. Cooper started on both sides of the ball. He had 289 kick off return yards, 151 pass yards and 55 yards rushing.
Greg earned a spot on the first team linebacker squad with 88 tackles, 14 for losses, four sacks and four pass breakups.