CONYERS - Three Salem football players inked their names Wednesday on National Signing Day.
Leading the pack was quarterback Terrence Davis, who signed a football scholarship with Mississippi State.
Joining Davis were safety back Corey Shields and running back Alex Miller.
Shields signed with Western Kentucky, while Miller inked a scholarship with Savannah State.
"This is what we've talked about since our freshman year - playing college ball," Miller said. "We're looking forward to the opportunity. It's a great privilege."
Salem athletics director Jim McBrayer said the hard work and talent of the three players has not only afforded them a great opportunity, but their signings also have increased awareness and opportunities for future Salem athletes.
"Obviously, the exposure is good and it probably creates some opportunities for other kids who will be playing sports at Salem," he said. "Usually when you have kids signing, it also shows that you have a lot of talent, and that's always good."
Miller was one The Citizen's Offensive Players of the Year, while Shields joined Miller as the Defensive Players of the Year.
Miller rushed for 1,008 yards last season and scored 12 touchdowns. He finished with 1,148 all-purpose yards.
Shields said he's glad that all hard work and dedication has paid off.
"It's great. I feel blessed," he said. "Hard work pays off. Lifting weights, listening to your coaches - all of that shows on the field."
Shields chalked up 65 tackles, including 32 solo stops, last season. The hard-hitting safety also recovered two fumbles and returned one for a touchdown.
Davis, although injured for part of the season, still put up solid numbers. The senior quarterback threw for 653 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 461 yards and seven more scores.
Davis also acknowledged how important it is that his teammates and friends are getting the opportunity to play at the next level.
"It means a lot," Davis said. "I still remember the days in ninth grade. We went out there, we were smaller than everyone else, and we didn't know what to expect. It's been fun to watch each other grow up. Now, here we are about to continue playing football at another level."
In Newton County, Eastside offensive lineman Jordan Ritchey signed with West Georgia.
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