All seniors on Detroit Cass Tech football team get college scholarships

By Jamie Edmonds, Local 4 Sports, @jamie_edmonds, jedmonds@wdiv.com
Published On: Feb 06 2013 07:11:43 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 06 2013 07:17:09 PM EST

You would assume a good number of players from a state championship football team would go on to play college football, but an entire senior class?

DETROIT -

You would assume a good number of players from a state championship football team would go on to play college football, but an entire senior class?

Now that's something.

"Today is spectacular; we increased our numbers," Technician head coach Tom Wilcher said. "To be recognized as top athletes in the country is a great thing."

Twelve of Wilcher's players are going on to play college football, ten of them to D-I schools, like MSU recruit Dennis Finley.

"This is a very exciting moment, I'm proud of myself," Finley, an offensive tackle, said. "I'm proud of my teammates. All hard work, really paid off."

Cornerback Jourdan Lewis is heading to rival Michigan to play for the Wolverines, but he promises, there will be no hard feelings.

"He’ll still be my teammate, we’ll always be brothers," Lewis said. "I'm proud of all of us for moving on a starting our new lives."

Football is just one of several NCAA sports high school seniors signed on to play.

At Detroit Country Day Senior School Wednesday, athletes signed up to play tennis, soccer, lacrosse and track.

"I’m really excited, I've been working toward to this since I started running track," Kendall Baisden said.

For these students athletes, this is a good lesson to take with them: hard work really can pay off.

" I don’t know… I’m just really happy right now," Country Day Football Player Poet Thomas said.

"There's nothing better than this," Country Day Gianmarco Rea said. "All the hard work, it just feels great."

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