Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Conquerors in a Class of Their Own - 15 Moving on; of Those, 12 from State Championship Squad Sign with FBS Programs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Conquerors in a Class of Their Own - 15 Moving on; of Those, 12 from State Championship Squad Sign with FBS Programs

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Byline: Justin Barney

One of the most successful high school football teams in area history put pens to paper and made their legacies official.

Trinity Christian's 2015 class is one of the most prolific on the field - and then on to college - to play in the area.

The Conquerors had 15 players in the Class of 2015 sign, 12 of those headed to Football Bowl Subdivision programs. Only the 2001 Bolles team which had 13 FBS signees, has had more than the Conquerors.

"The caliber of guys we have on this team is special, I'm going to miss every single last one of them," said middle linebacker Victor Alexander, the Times-Union's defensive player of the year. "This is a dream come true, something we've all thought about since we started playing. This is what we've worked so hard for. I just can't believe how quickly it happened."

There was more intrigue Wednesday than there was during Trinity's romp to a second consecutive Class 3A state championship, which the Conquerors won in a rout last December.

Linebackers Alexander and Jeffery Holland, and two-way lineman Kendrick Norton and safety Deontai Williams each provided their own versions of suspense.

Alexander signed with Georgia Tech after going back and forth on signing with UCLA, calling his decision family-based. Holland, a consensus four-star prospect ended his suspense by picking Auburn over Florida on ESPNU, touching off a wave of blue-chip signees for defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and coach Gus Malzahn.

Norton was the last among the Trinity contingent announced. With hats to his left and right, Norton went through the motions before eventually putting on the Hurricanes hat to put the finishing touches on one of the most successful graduating classes in area history.

"I felt with the school and the education it was the right fit," Norton said. …

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