Four Cavaliers sign to play college football

Cavaliers (from left) James Madison, Dominique Harris, Chris McKay and Chad Coleman announced their choices Wednesday.

Cavaliers (from left) James Madison, Dominique Harris, Chris McKay and Chad Coleman announced their choices Wednesday.

FLINT TWP. — A football program noted for sending players to the next level is graduating at least four more into the college ranks this year.

Carman-Ainsworth seniors Chad Coleman, Chris McKay, Dominique Harris and James Madison signed letters-of-intent this month, and three more Cavaliers could be signing soon, coach Nate Williams said. A mock signing took place yesterday at the high school.

Coleman will play for Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.; McKay is headed for Missouri Science & Technology in Rolla, Mo.; Harris has signed with Reedley College in Reedley, Calif., and Madison will play at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa.

Coleman, who has been chosen for the state All- Star Game this June, was the biggest football talent of the group, but the 5-foot-10, 170-pound defensive back got a full academic ride to Div. I-AA Georgetown. He was also recruited by Siena Heights and GLIAC schools Hillsdale, Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State and Northwood.

“Georgetown is a big academic school, and that’s very important to me,” said Coleman, a 3.85 student who will study business marketing. “I can go down there and get a great degree while playing the game I love.”

McKay also visited Ferris State and SVSU, but, like Coleman, was intrigued by the academic aspect of Missouri S&T. The Div. II school is rated highly by Forbes magazine for the financial success of its graduates.

“It’s a good feeling just to be out of the state of Michigan, spread my wings and experience the world,” said McKay, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound DB/LB who will major in finance.

Harris, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound tackle, was courted by Olivet and some other California schools but settled on the junior college in northern California.

“They have what I want education-wise, in criminal justice,” said Harris, a First-Team offensive lineman on the All-Big Nine Conference team.

Madison was perhaps the biggest comeback story of the bunch. A non-qualifier academically, who missed his junior year of football with a broken ankle, he sent out e-mails and videotapes to some 60 jucos around the nation.

“I got maybe 5-6 replies, and at one point I felt kind of down,” said the 6-foot, 170-pound DB. “But as soon as Lackawanna sent me my stuff saying, ‘We want you,’ I was jumping for joy all around the house.”

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